When people consult with us about Dental Implants, some are very knowledgeable about how they work. In most conversations, however, we discover that many people are not quite sure how the process works. Here is a basic breakdown of the process:
The implanted portion is made from a biologically-compatible material called Titanium. This means that the body does not reject it once it is placed in the bone. It is also designed to last your lifetime.
In the placement procedure, a small incision is made in the gum tissue that covers the jaw bone where the implant will be placed. Then, a slot is drilled into the bone and the implant is positioned to a precise depth and angle. Once in place, the gum tissue is closed back over the area. During this procedure, you are appropriately sedated and numbing medications are applied to ensure your comfort throughout.
For several months, a process called ‘osseo-integration’ occurs, which means the bone is growing around the implant to secure it in place. During this period, you can wear your denture or partial comfortably. Osseo-integration gives the implant the same foundation of the jaw bone as your natural teeth once had. This is why an implant is often described as a ‘tooth root replacement.’
In the restoration process, a small amount of gum tissue is opened to expose the implant. Into its center, a post is secured. This is the part that will hold your replacement teeth. A replacement tooth (or bridge of several teeth) is then attached to the post. In many cases, several implants that are strategically placed can hold a full arch of teeth.
Implants give replacement teeth the sturdy foundation of the jaw bone, restoring biting and chewing stability. Because dentures typically rely on adhesives and pastes to ‘stick’ them to the gum ridge, they can move when biting or chewing many foods that are healthy and fibrous.
It’s not surprising that denture wearers have more gastrointestinal problems and take more medications than those who have their natural teeth. Dental Implants restore the function of natural teeth and allow you to make healthy choices, not just those that your denture can tolerate.
When it comes to what occurs beneath the gums, what you CANNOT see is the most important part! Our commitment to proper placement and a comfortable experience sets the stage for a successful outcome. If you’re ready to eat foods you love without discomfort from slips or rubbing, arrange a private, no-cost consultation by calling 1-855-9-Smiles.