September 15, 2017
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants replace missing teeth, and their design is based on the structure of a natural tooth. A natural tooth is one piece which is commonly described as having two main parts, the crown that sits above the gums and the root that sits securely within your jawbone.
In the same way, a dental implant may involved several pieces. However, it comprises of the two main parts, the implant (root) and the restoration (crown) that is custom fabricated to match the shape ofyour own teeth.
Implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy. Unlike most materials, our body normally accepts titanium without infection. The first part of implant treatment is the planning stage, at this stage your dentist will take x-rays and sometimes other scans of the area to assess bone quality / quantity.
The second part of implant treatment involves creating an opening in the gum/jawbone and the implant is placed securely into the densest part of the jaw bone - this part is usually performed under local anaesthesia. Dependant on the implant system, a small ‘healing’ cap is placed on top of the dental implant and the gum stitched over/around to allow the site to heal. This process allows the bone to attach itself into the implant - a process called ‘osseo-integration’.
Once the healing and integration has taken place - which can take anywhere up 6 months, the site is opened up again, and impressions taken for the final restoration (crown) to be fitted onto the site. In cases where we are replacing more than 1 tooth, a bridge or denture may be used to restore your teeth instead of individual crowns.
To find out whether Dental Implants could be the solution for your missing teeth, please call our clinic to book a consultation.