It is a specifically crafted piece that is placed into the jawbone, which serves as the root for an artificial tooth. Once the implant has completely melded itself within the bone, a suitable prosthesis is then attached to it. The prosthesis will serve as the crown of the artificial tooth.
• Before Placement Appointment – There are a number of things that must be completed before your appointment for an implant placement.
First, the dentist will conduct a thorough inspection of your teeth and jaws. This is done to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. We will also examine your X-ray and CT scan reports to assess the volume and thickness of jaw bone available in the area where the implants must be placed. The angulation and position of the implant will be completed to hasten your implant placement procedure.
There are actually two phases to implant dentistry.
Phase 1: Using very accurate surgical techniques, an incision is made in the gum tissues and implants are placed into dimensionally controlled sites (depth and width) in the jawbone.
First, the gum tissue is opened and the jawbone is tapped with a small drill and then drilled with a wider drill. The implant is inserted into place. The gum tissues are then closed and the healing phase begins. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months to ensure a strong base.
Phase 2: An abutment is secured to the top of the implant placing a new tooth crown onto the implant abutment. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.