December 09 2019 by Refresh Dental
Implant restoration refers to an advanced procedure used by dental specialists to help replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a painless and exceptionally reliable treatment option for people who are in good oral health, but wish to replace a missing tooth.
Dental professionals who specialize in implants are called periodontists or oral and maxillofacial surgeons (commonly known as oral surgeons). Specialists that handle dental crowns, bridges and dentures on implants are referred to as prosthodontists.
Your dentist may be able to perform every aspect of the operation themselves, or multiple dental professionals may take part in your implant restoration procedure.
What are the primary benefits of dental implants?
Implants are made from titanium metal, and they're used to replicate and replace the root under natural teeth.
The implant surgically placed into the jawbone by your dentist, and requires for your jawbone to be strong enough to hold and support an implant. Your gums and natural teeth in the surrounding area must also be in good health before the surgery.
(Note: If there is not enough bone, a procedure called bone augmentation or bone grafting must be performed. This process is used to supplement bone into your jawbone for the implant.)
A dental crown (cap), custom molded and designed to look like a natural tooth, is then attached to the implant to fill the void of the missing tooth.
The implant functions as an anchor to help stabilize the crown or cap above it.
There are generally three appointments involved in the implant restoration procedure. The overall procedure and its duration will depend on the integration and healing of your implant. Note: Besides for your first appointment, there are no subsequent appointments which require anaesthesia.
Be sure to brush, floss and keep your gums and oral health in check both before and after the implant restoration procedure.
Regular dental checkups are also important so your dentist can follow up on the healing process as well as checking on your bite following the procedure.
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