In a perfect world, your natural teeth are your best option. The reality is people get hurt or aren't born with a good set of teeth or just don't take proper care of what nature has given them.
Dental implants are the closest thing to nature's design and offer hope for re-creating a new, healthy, and confident smile. A dental implant is a small part made of titanium or titanium zirconium. It is placed in the jaw bone and replaces the missing tooth root. The implant can be surgically inserted under local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. Titanium is generally well-tolerated by the human body, and bone has been shown to bond well to titanium.
Content Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns and multi-tooth bridges. The implant can also be used as an anchor for an entire dental prostheses.
1. Natural tooth
2. Dental implant
3. Tooth crown
A step-by-step guide to a new smile
A thorough diagnosis, individual consultation and competent dental treatment are vital for successful dental implantation. The journey towards a new smile may be less complicated and time-consuming than you would think.
The new teeth
Crown, bridge or denture – the dental laboratory uses an impression to produce the individual restoration, which will be inserted after healing.
Your dentist investigates and assesses your treatment options using X-rays. S/he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various denture solutions. If implants are the choice of treatment, in most cases your dentist will refer you to a surgical specialist such as a periodontist or oral surgeon. Using X-ray images or computer tomographs (for three-dimensional imaging) and plaster models, the length and diameter of the implant are determined by the specialist.
Afterward, the position of the implant is established. Sufficient bone must be present for implantation. There are patients who have insufficient bone and require bone augmentation. This may happen, for example, if a tooth has been missing for a long time – the jaw may have slowly receded. As a result, the bone will be replaced by bone grafting material.
A healing period between six weeks and a few months is necessary to ensure the implant is securely attached to the jaw bone, After approximately one week, the stitches are removed. Patients should keep in mind that diligent oral hygiene is vital for healing.
The dental implant (an artificial tooth root) is normally inserted under local anesthetic. The surgical specialist creates a suitable "bed" in the jaw bone in which the implant is placed. Depending on the individual case, a temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage. This allows the patient to enjoy a natural looking smile early in the process.
The parts of a dental implant
Dental implants are nothing new. They have been used to permanently replace teeth since the mid 60s.
A small titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. Titanium is a metal accepted by the body and heals together with the bone tissue to form a new, stable tooth root.
An abutment is a ceramic or titanium component that ensures a secure fit between the dental implant and the crown.
Once the dental implant and the abutment are in place, your dental professional fits the crown, the bridge or the prosthesis.