Implants are highly specialized titanium parts specially designed to replace one or more missing teeth. They are fitted in two stages: first, a short surgery to place the implant inside the bone. Then when it’s rehabilitated, porcelain crowns are fitted to it. This method is currently the most recommended to have a tooth similar to a natural one.
If more than two adjacent teeth are missing, the gap can only be closed with a bridge. Healthy teeth have to be trimmed to support the bridge. Overloading may cause the bone to generate and loosen the teeth. Implants are also ideal for these cases they can either be used for closing the gap or as additional support for the bridge. Removable dentures are not required.
Your dentist will prepare the operation to insert your implant with the greatest of care. He will first examine your state of health and mouth before planning the implant operation extremely carefully-and carrying it out. Assuming all the medical and anatomical requirements have been complied with, there is no age limit for this type of treatment.
The operation is comparable with having a tooth surgically extracted. Local anesthesia is applied to the jaw and that area where the implant is to be inserted is opened up. After the operation, the area is stitched to allow the implant to heal. Your dentist will provide you with a temporary restoration witch will not load the recently inserted implant while it is healing.
You must attend regular checks-ups in the dental practice while the implants is healing.
Your dentist will also take X-rays to check how the bone is growing onto the implant. After the healing period, the implant is retained firmly in the bone. The denture can now be planned It’s up to you to care for your teeth properly to ensure that your implant remains in place long-term.
Nowadays, almost all implants are made of titanium which is biocompatible and especially tissue-compatible. There are no known allergic reactions. They are retained firmly in the bone and sealed directly by the gums to provide a firm base for a lasting dental restoration.
How long your implants will last depends mostly on your oral hygiene. Inadequate tooth care may cause infections which, in severe cases, may even lead to implant failure. If cared for properly, implants will remain safe and comfortable for very many years.
So, you also have a say in whether your implant operation will be a success. Your self-confident smile will reward you for your careful care and attention.