You must have heard about the revolutionary procedure that has brought smiles on the face of millions of people all across the world, by giving them back their lost teeth, ‘Dental Implants’. It has emerged as the most popular restoration procedure for people who have lost their teeth. Let us have a look at some of the basic steps involved in the procedure –
1. Planning is the first step. The cosmetic dentist would develop a personalized plan as per the stricture of your denture and your requirements
2. Next to this comes the root fixture implanted into the jaw bone. This fixture is generally made of Titanium (because of the strength, durability and many other properties that this metal possesses)
3. After the placement of root implant, the healing process starts that takes somewhere around 6 to 12 weeks. The healing process involves the tissue to develop around the implant and surround it, securing its placement in the jaw
4. Now comes the most critical step i.e. the impersonation & placement of new tooth. The process involves the precision of a surgeon and creativity of an artist. Dental impressions are taken and a model for tooth is created, called crown
Thus, with the help of this procedure, one could get back the lost dentistry with ease!
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.
Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.