Dental Implants are tooth replacement solutions for missing teeth. The procedure involves placing a titanium post into the jawbone. The implant is then placed into the correct location and allowed to heal. After three to six months, the post will fuse with the jawbone. The custom-designed restoration is then attached to the implant. After the healing process is complete, the dental implants will last for a lifetime. Once you have had the surgery, you will no longer need to worry about removing your restored teeth.
The implant is made from titanium or Zirconia. The surface of the implant is critical to the long-term integration and stability of the treatment. A porous surface can provide more bone contact and a smooth, machined surface may make the implant more stable. A plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite coating may also be applied to the titanium surface. In some cases, nonmetal materials are used, such as zirconia. The implant is connected to the replacement tooth by an internal or external hex connector.
The first step in the process is to prepare for the surgical procedure. Patients are given a local anesthetic and may be prescribed a sedative to help with the procedure. The patient will need to follow strict oral hygiene instructions, including avoiding smoking and eating soft foods for the first few days. If the implant becomes loose or painful, the patient should notify their dental provider immediately. After the initial surgery, the healing process takes three to six months.