How Exactly Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants have been gaining in popularity for many years now. Their hard-wearing nature, natural look, and longevity have made them a mainstay in dentistry that is only becoming more prevalent around the world. Dental implants replace missing, rotten, or otherwise untenable teeth. Alternatives that have been used in similar cases are bridges and partial dentures, however, these are both not as hard wearing as dental implants.
So, just how do dental implants work, and what makes them a better choice over the alternatives?
The implant itself is not the part of the false tooth that you see
The implant it a sort of screw that extends underneath the visible part of the crown. This extends to the same height as the height of the crown itself. This root is what extends down into your jawbone. The implant has a post which protrudes from the top of the gum which the crown is then attached to. Implants themselves are made generally of titanium or a titanium alloy material.
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How the implant is put in
To allow for the implant to affix to the jawbone, we need to create an opening in the jawbone itself. The implant is put through the gum and into the jaw in the first appointment as a part of the process. This will involve anaesthetic so that you won’t feel the pain. Depending on the type of implant it may be left with just the implant itself, or a temporary crown put on top while it heals.
The healing time while your implant fuses to the jawbone will be around 2 to 4 months, depending on your own body.
The final stages
Through the final stages, when you come in for a follow-up appointment, a post will be put into the implant and then your custom crown put atop the post. You can see that even if the crown degrades, all that will be required to have another tooth fixed securely in place is another crown placed on top of the implant itself.
You may choose to just get one dental implant for one tooth, or many, depending on the current state of your teeth. Dental implants are a more permanent solution than bridges or dentures and can take a lot more wear than these more traditional tooth replacements.
Dental Avenue, dentists in Maroubra, offer dental implants as just one of our range of dental services that we offer to clients. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, or the options that you have for tooth replacement, book in for an appointment to see one of our highly qualified dentists. We can help you to have a full set of sparkling teeth again before you know it.