Do you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth that you wish to get extracted? Leaving a missing tooth can have a lot of drawbacks, such as displeasing aesthetics, risk of drifting of the teeth, hindered oral functionality, etc. When it comes to replacing extracted teeth, the best option, according to dentists from all around the world, is dental implants.
What are the four major stages of placing a dental implant?
Planning the procedure
Placing a dental implant requires extensive planning as the metal implant is inserted into the jawbone. The dentist will conduct a few tests to understand the state of your oral health and overall health. Scans and x-rays will also be taken to better understand the structure of the jawbone and tooth roots. The dentist will look for factors such as jawbone deterioration and drifting of the teeth from their ideal positions. Based on the observations, your candidacy for implants will be determined.
Inserting the implant
Once your candidacy for implants is decided, we will prepare you for the implant placement procedure. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the oral cavity, and once it takes effect, a small incision will be made on the gums. By using high precision dental instruments, a small hole will be made in the jawbone in place of the missing tooth. The implant will be inserted in it with extreme caution and precision.
Once the implant is placed, a suitable healing period of a few months will be suggested. During this, the implantation site will be allowed to heal, and the bone would fuse with the metal implant stud. This helps to provide excellent stability, which makes the implant last for several years without any hassle.
Fixing the artificial tooth
Once the healing period is completed, digital scans will be taken to create a highly accurate digital impression of the ceramic crown. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is made using dental-grade, tooth-colored ceramic. The dentist will check the implant for strength and stability, after which the crown will be placed on it. If any changes with the fit are required, we will make them and permanently bond the crown using an abutment and dental adhesives. Finally, an x-ray will be taken to check for the implant’s position.
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