What are Dental Implants?
The metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath gums are called Dental Implants. Once in place, your dentist can mount replacement teeth onto the metal posts.
How Do These Implants Work?
After the Dental implant fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for your new teeth (Artificial Teeth). Dentures and bridges mounted to make sure that the implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth, It helps you to chew and talk without hesitation. Secure fit helps the bridges and dentures as well as the crowns placed over the new implants. These implants feel and look exactly like your natural teeth.
Some people are not very much comfortable with the ordinary bridges and dentures; sometimes it becomes hard for them due to poor ridges, sore spots or gagging. The advantage of such an implant is no adjacent teeth need to be prepared to hold the new implant in place.
Before going for a Dental Surgery you need to make sure that you have healthy gums and an adequate number of bones to support this new implant. You also need to pledge that you are going to keep these structures healthy and regular visits to a dentist are necessary for long-term success.
Doctors consider two types of implants to be safe:
Endosteal Implants are surgically implanted directly into the patient’s jawbone. Once the gum tissue has healed the patient needs to go for a second surgery to connect a post to the implant. Then, the doctors individually take the artificial teeth and attach it to the post individually. It is annexed to the post-individually.
Subperiosteal Implants consist of a metal mount that is fitted onto the jawbone below the gum tissue. With time as the gums heal frame gets fixed to the jawbone. The posts protrude through the gums and then the artificial teeth are fixed on the posts.
Planning Your Treatment
Just before you receive your dental implants go to your doctor/dentist for a complete consultation and then let your doctor decide if you really need an implant or it can be cured in other ways. Then, both of you have to decide, what type of implant will work the best for you.
You will have to discuss your medical and dental history with your doctor/dentist then receive an evaluation of your oral structure so that the best decision about your treatment can be made. Once you select your treatment type then the doctor will tell you the time they are going to need and procedure, which they are going to follow.
Recovery and Restoration
For the traditional dental implant, it takes about 4-6 months for your jawbone to heal and fuse with the implant posts. During this recovery period, you may need to have follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your progress and check safe and speedy healing.
Once you are fully recovered you will return to have your restoration placed. The doctor will check your restoration and check if any adjustment required, then the dentist will attach the new artificial teeth to the implants. And Voilà you are done.