Dental implants are tooth restorations used to replace missing natural teeth. Implant restorations are composed of a metal implant stud having screw-like grooves on its surface and a ceramic dental crown to replace the visible tooth. Although there are simpler alternatives for implants, such as dental bridges, implants are the most-preferred teeth replacement solutions owing to their excellent stability, strength, success rate, and longevity.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Implants are placed in the jawbone, which acts as the replacement tooth roots. The implant has screw-like grooves on its surface that help it stay extremely stable without getting displaced.
- Since they are placed in the jawbone, the grooves hold it intact and prevent jawbone deterioration. This ensures better bone health, which keeps the adjoining teeth from loosening from their sockets.
- The success rate of dental implants is excellent. Thanks to the thorough screening procedure conducted before deciding your candidacy for the restorations.
- The implant crown can be customized as required to match the exact aesthetics of the adjoining natural teeth. It would offer excellent durability and restore oral functionality to its ideal state.
- Implants are long-lasting. They have been known to last for over 20 years with optimum care and practicing good oral habits.
- Since implants fill the entire gap left by a missing tooth from root to crown, they keep the adjoining teeth from drifting from their orthodontically right positions.
How are dental implants placed?
When you have a severely infected or damaged tooth that needs to be extracted, please visit our dental practice to have a consultation with our dentist. After removing it, we will discuss various teeth-restoration options with you. We will conduct a thorough screening process to understand your candidacy for implants, after which we will schedule the implantation surgery. In case the jawbone volume is quite low, we will suggest a jawbone graft to enhance its health.
During the initial implantation surgery, the dentist will take x-rays and scans of the teeth to get a better understanding of their placement and structure. A small hole will be made in the jawbone in place of the extracted tooth using highly-precise dental devices. The implant will be meticulously placed in it and secured firmly using dental cement. The dentist will suggest a healing period of a few months to allow the bone to fuse with the implant.
During the next surgery, the dentist will place the connecting abutment on the implant and fix it firmly. The crown will then be placed on the abutment and checked for fit and comfort before it is permanently fixed using dental adhesives. The dentist will take bite tests and understand how the implant is affecting your natural bite. If any changes are needed, subtle adjustments will be made to give you the perfect tooth restoration.
You may schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts by calling us at (317) 991-4725 or reaching us through an online query. We’re always happy to help.