How are Dental Implants placed, who places the implant, and who attaches the artificial tooth to the implant ?
In Stage 1 ( surgical stage ) the implant is placed into the bone. The "implant" is the artificial replacement for the root of a tooth which is located below the gum line. After the implant is placed in the bone, a healing cap is immediately attached over the implant until the bone has time to bind to the implant ( usually 3-6 months ). We always have this part done by a Specialist - either an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist.
In Stage 2 ( reconstructive stage ) the healing cap is removed from the implant, and a custom post and crown are permanently joined to the implant.
What is a Dental Implant ?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone, and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns and bridges. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible.
Am I a Candidate for Receiving Dental Implants ?
Generally speaking, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. It is important that you are in good health, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, or uncontrolled gum disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. It is important to let the oral surgeon know about your medical status (past and present) together with all medications you are taking, whether prescribed, herbal, or over-the-counter.
How do implants differ from natural teeth ?
Natural teeth and dental implants look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair. Teeth attach to the surrounding bone by a periodontal ligament that joins the tooth to the bone. Dental implants fuse directly to the bone - the bone grows into the implant's threading and bonds to the titanium. Teeth are susceptible to dental decay as well as the need for root canal therapy. Dental implants are metal and do not get cavities.
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