If you have lost a tooth or your tooth is so infected that it needs to be removed, you may wonder if there could be an alternate which could look and function just like the real tooth. Fortunately, we now have dental implants which restore not only the looks but also the functions of the real teeth.
A dental implant basically consists of a metal post, which is also called implant, and a crown that helps you restore the smile and chewing power. The metal post, or metal root, is inserted into a jawbone through a surgical process.
Reasons to go for a dental implant
If you are planning to get a dental implant, you first need to know why you are going to need it. Sometimes, the replacement of missing tooth doesn’t need a dental implant. If that is the case with you, you may be able to save money because dental implant is an expensive surgery. So, you need to know if you really require a dental implant surgery.
Moreover, you need to know if you qualify for getting a dental implant. You may be a right candidate for dental implant if you have:
- One or more missing teeth
- Jawbone which has grown to its fullest and that it can support implant
- Healthy oral tissues
- Good health that can support effective healing of your gums and jawbone
- No intention to wear dentures
Things you can expect
There are different stages a dental implant surgery can be divided into. Those basic stages need to be mentioned in this regard.
- If your tooth is not already missing, it is removed.
- If there is not much of the jawbone to support dental implant, surgeon may choose to graft the bone.
- The jawbone is then left to heal for a certain period of time. The purpose is to make sure that newly grafted bone becomes the part of the jawbone.
- After the jawbone is fully healed, surgeon will insert dental implant into it through a surgical process.
- After insertion, you will have to let the jawbone get fused with the dental implant. For this purpose,the dentist is not going to attach any permanent crown on the top of the implant so that it doesn’t come under any kind of pressure due to chewing of foods.
- After the jawbone gets fully fused with the implant, dentist will attach an abutment on the top of the dental implant. This abutment is the holder of the crown. The crown is prepared just for you so that it gets completely adjusted among other teeth.
The process, from start to finish, can be long enough to take several months. The major time is taken by healing process. There may be some complications after you get the implant. For instance, there may be swelling or infection in the area. This is due to damage to the nerves connected to the gums and jawbone. However, these issues, no matter how painful they turn out to be, can be fixed if you visit your dentist as soon as you feel there is an issue.