Dental implants

dental implants

What are dental implants? And how it is done at Baytown gentle dental clinic?

Dental implants are typically made of titanium today. They are surgically inserted into the jaw to replace the teeth and their roots. In addition, implants can replace much more than just dental structures. They also support the surrounding teeth. When implanted in the jaw, they support various other dental prostheses, such as crowns, bridges, and prostheses.

How is the dental implant made?

An implant is a titanium holder that is used to replace the root of the natural tooth. The implant is essentially a threaded titanium or post titanium screw. This implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. This titanium post is then attached to a porcelain crown. This porcelain part forms the visible part of the teeth. Once inserted, an implant is as strong as real teeth.

 

Dental implant procedures

Dental patients may find that much preparation is required prior to an implantation procedure. The oral surgeon must identify the exact position, shape, and structure of the jaw and mouth. For example, depending on the future position of the implant, it must identify the vicinity of the sinus cavity or lower alveolar nerve canal in the jaw. In addition to the usual dental X-rays, CT scans of the area may be required. It is important to know the exact shape of the jaw and the amount of bone that the implants can support to avoid complications, as well as to prepare an implant that fits exactly in place.

 

Once planning is complete, the oral surgeon can begin the actual procedure. It is necessary to make a kind of incision in the gum over the place where the implant is inserted. The implant is put in place without any permanent jewelry. There must be time to grow natural bone over it and put it firmly in place. Then a prosthodontist can place crowns or other prostheses over the implant.

Dental implants are particularly useful if the patient has lost too many teeth because there are no support teeth for bridges or dentures. If necessary, one can also opt for a complete reconstruction with dentures.

Here we offer dental implants in our Baytown gentle dental clinic in this professional way contact us and make an appointment.

The implant procedure can be summarised in 5 steps:

1. Diagnosis:

Correct diagnosis is a step that cannot be emphasized enough. We will take several x-rays, study models and sometimes a cone beam 3D scan of your jaw to determine the health of the bone and underlying tissues.

2. Implant placement:

The implant is inserted under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation or in theatre. A Temporary restoration may be used in the front of your mouth to ensure a natural looking smile.

3. Healing:

After approximately one week, the stitches are removed. The healing phase will last between six weeks and a few months, depending on the medical situation. During this time, diligent oral hygiene is vital.

4. Crown placement:

After the healing is complete and the implant is integrated, an impression is taken for the crown, which is then manufactured by the dental laboratory. In areas where more than one tooth is replaced, a bridge or denture is then manufactured.

5. Aftercare:

Implants require special care afterwards, and regular cleanings from an oral hygienist. Cleaning visits should be scheduled every 6 months, and on these visits the hygienist will give further instructions on cleaning. Also see our section on cleaning implants.

The risks and complications related to implant therapy are divided into those that occur during surgery (such as excessive bleeding or nerve injury), those that occur in the first six months (such as infection and failure to osseointegrate) and those that occur long-term (such as peri-implantitis and mechanical failures). In the presence of healthy tissues, a well-integrated implant with appropriate biomechanical loads can have long term success rates of 93 to 98 percent for the fixture and 10 to 15 year lifespans for the prosthetic teeth.

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