If you have a gap in your smile or a missing tooth, you may be wondering if it possible to fix. While you may be able to hide it, ignoring it can cause some serious potential risks to your oral health, which is why it’s important to fill the gap as soon as possible. In the past, the only options for missing teeth were bridges and dentures – but not today. One of the best ways to fill in missing teeth is with implant dentistry. If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, here’s why it’s important to get it filled as soon as possible and why dental implants are the right choice.
It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to ensure that the surrounding teeth do not shift into that gap. If this happens, it can cause a number of oral health issues and even lead to further tooth loss. Dental Implants are a type of dental treatment that is intended to replace a natural tooth that has been significantly damaged with a “replacement” tooth. Dental implant placement surgery is a revolutionary alternative to denture, partial denture, or dental bridge, as it allows for chewing all types of food! And do not require altering healthy neighbouring teeth or tissue for support. They function just like a real tooth.
DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY PROCEDURE & STEPS
Dental implant procedure in Golden Smile Dent is an dental surgery performed in stages, with some healing time in between treatments.
Dental implant surgery involves several steps:
- Removal of a damaged tooth (Your dental specialist will also ask you about any medical conditions you have and all the medications you are taking, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics prior to the surgery to avoid infection)
- Bone grafting (jawbone preparation), if required
- Placement of a dental implant
- Bone growth and healing
- Placement of abutment
- Placement of an artificial tooth
Dental implants are considered to be the highest standard for replacing missing teeth or a single tooth due to their long-term health benefits and the improvement in function of the teeth and gums. There are several ways dental implants can be used as a replacement for missing teeth. The specific type of implant procedure will be determined by your implant dentist on an individual basis.
Types of dental implant procedure available Golden Smile Dent:
Overall, the dental implant process may take 15days or 3 months from beginning to the end. A large part of this time is left for healing and letting new bone grow in your jaw. In some situations, certain steps can be combined – depending on the specific procedure performed or the materials used.
1.When Bone Grafting is Required
If your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough, a bone grafting procedure may be required before you can have the implant placed into the jaw. When you chew, a strong pressure is exerted on your bone, and if it isn’t able to support the implant, the surgery is likely to fail. A bone graft can be used to create a more solid base for the implant.
There are a few bone grafting materials that can be used for this purpose:
- Natural bone graft: for example, bone from another location in your body
- Synthetic bone graft: a bone-substitute material
You may have to wait several months for the bone graft to heal enough to support a dental implant. Sometimes, you may need only minimal bone grafting, which can be completed at the same time the tooth is extracted or during the implant surgery.
The condition of your bone will largely determine the specifics of the entire dental implant process for you. It may take up to a few months for the bone that has been transplanted to grow enough amounts of the new bone to support an implant. Overall, the condition of your jawbone will determine the following steps.
2. Placing the Dental Implant
During the oral surgery to place the implant post, your oral surgeon in Golden Smile makes a small cut in order to open the gum and reveal the bone. Then, the implant dentist drills holes into the bone, where the metal post will be later placed. The post is implanted deep into the bone, as it will serve as the tooth root.
At this stage, you will still have a gap in place of your missing tooth. If needed, a type of temporary partial denture can be placed for appearance(recommend to not have temporary for better healing). It can be removed for cleaning or while you sleep.
3. Waiting for Bone Growth
After the metal post has been placed in your bone, the process of osseointegration begins. This means that the jaw bone unites with the dental implant surface. Some of implant brands and models gets faster osseointegration due to their SLA surface treatment. Our dentist will inform you about all highest quality implants brands and models when you contact.. This process can take several months, yet it is crucial, as it helps to provide a strong base for your artificial tooth – exactly as natural roots of your teeth.
4. Placing the Abutment
When the bone growth process is complete, you may require another surgery to place the abutment, or the part where the crown will attach in the future. This minor oral surgery is usually takes very short time and done with local anesthesia.
Implant Success Depends on Surgical Skill
Much of the success of implant treatment depends on the surgical skills of the dental implant dentist, as well as the skills and experience of the dentist or prosthodontist designing the restorative dental implant.
If you require a dental implant, you should visit a dental specialist who has specific training in this area. At Golden Smile Dental Centre, we have a team of skilled and experienced oral surgeons, cosmetic dentist and periodontists, who have more then 25 years experience and will not only perform the procedure, but also answer all your questions regarding what are dental implants.