Whenever you lose one or several teeth, you need to have them replaced. In dentistry, you have a number of alternatives. You can opt for dentures, permanent devices such as bridges or dental implants. The latter option consists of an object placed at the root of where the missing tooth once stood. A cap is then attached on top. The cap, also known as a crown, resembles your other set of teeth. This technique usually results in an artificial tooth that looks like and feels almost like the original tooth.
What is a Dental Implant Made Of?
Implants are made of titanium. They usually look like miniature screws or cylinders. Titanium does not harm your body. It actually becomes part of your jawbone. X-rays taken after installing titanium implants always show a compact jaw structure.
Evaluating Your Jaw Bone
There are conditions that may not be ideal for a patient to have an implant. That is why your medical history is examined. Your jaw bone structure must be strong enough to support an implant before surgery begins.
Do I Need Bone Grafts?
If there is a deficiency in your jaw bone, you will need to undergo grafting. This involves taking bone material from another part of the body and adding it to the jaw. This procedure can take place simultaneous to the implant installation or several months earlier.
Preparing the Implant
The surgeon works together with the dentist and a lab technician. The team makes a device which, when attached to teeth near the replacement area, directs the dentist on the right place to drill a hole. The surgeon drills a hole in the jawbone after which he places the root anchor. They can press or screw it inside the bone. They will close the gum covering the titanium implant.
After 2-6 months, you have to go back for completion of the procedure. The dentist opens up your gum in order to reach the implant. A crown will be created with porcelain and metal and is attached to the screw in the jaw bone. Adjustments are made to the crown to ensure it fits properly and does not cause pain when you are eating.
For more information about dental implants, contact Hyde Park Dental today, 435-258-7447!