How Does Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants have been used to permanently replace teeth since the mid-1960's. They look and feel like your own teeth. All dental implants have three main components: a titanium screw fixture, an abutment, and a crown that is either all ceramic or porcelain fused to precious metal.

Step 1: The first stage of this procedure involves placing the small titanium screw into your jawbone. Titanium is an extremely biocompatible material and therefore integrates (via osseo-integration) with the bone tissue to form a new, stable tooth root. The implant fuses with the bone to form a solid structure over three to six months.

Step 2: Once the bone has healed around the implant, the abutment is ready to be attached to the implant fixture. This is a ceramic or titanium component that ensures a secure fit between the dental implant and the crown.

Step 3: Once the dental implant and the abutment are in place, the porcelain crown is fitted up to the edge of the gum line to replicate a natural tooth. The dental implant is now complete. In most cases, it is virtually impossible to see the difference between your own natural teeth and the new implant tooth.

Three Different Sized Model of Dental Implants

Immediate Implants

What do "teeth in an hour/immediate teeth" dental implant procedures entail?

This procedure involves placing the implant and replacement tooth all at the same time, rather than waiting for three to six months between the first and second stages. Known in dental terminology as "immediate loading", this instant process means that you can have your new tooth in around an hour. Generally only patients with ample jawbone density and with no other predisposing risk factors are appropriate candidates for immediate loading.

However, there can be disadvantages with this procedure, the greatest being the higher risk of implant failure where adequate bone integration does not take place. This can happen if the jawbone doesn't have enough time to fuse properly with the implant.

How much will it cost?

Implants are generally slightly more expensive than bridges. You will not necessarily need an implant for every tooth you have lost. Based on your presenting condition and circumstance, we will thoroughly discuss with you the most appropriate treatment.

How long do implants last?

At the 10 year mark studies have found that there is more than 90% success rate.

Is it important to take care of the implants after the treatment is completed?

Long term success of the dental implant depends on you as looking after your gums and teeth everyday should become part of your daily routine. Also, regular visits to your dentist at North Road Dental Centre can ensure you maintain the health of your new implant and your oral health in general.
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