Dental implants have been widely praised for their reliability and their fantastic appearance, and many people have seen their confidence and their smile return after having undergone the procedure. But what are dental implants, and what does the procedure involve?
A dental implant procedure involves replacing a missing tooth with a synthetic tooth root that is anchored into the jawbone. The crown, which is made to match the shape and colour of the surrounding teeth, is then attached to the abutment to complete the implant.
Dental implant procedure
The first stage of a dental implant is the surgical placement of a dental implant cylinder into the jawbone. This is then followed by between two and six months of recovery while the jawbone unites with the dental implant.
The next step is to attach the metal abutments to the implant cylinder. This is sometimes done at the same time as the implant cylinder placement, but many opt to have this done later for aesthetic reasons.
Once the abutments are in place and the gums have healed, it is time to make and attach the new artificial teeth. This is done by taking a mould of the existing teeth and producing new crowns based on this mould. The artificial teeth can be either removable or fixed, depending on preference and circumstances.
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First published: 06 November 2014