Dental Implants Procedure

Dental implants are artificial or false teeth that are used to take the place of the missing teeth. Dental implants are made of metal, generally titanium as it bonds well biologically with the living bone. Dental implant procedure is the complete end to end process from the time an individual walks into the dental clinic the first time until the time he walks out of the clinic with his wonderful smile restored.

The complete Dental Implant Procedure is a joint effort between the surgical dentist who is responsible for setting the dental implant in place and the restorative dentist who handles the final restoration of the teeth.
This process of Dental implant is carried out in 2 different stages. There is a minimum gap of 3 months of healing period between the two stages.

Dental Implant Surgery: This stage involves the placement of the implant by the surgical dentist into the jaw bone. This stage begins with the surgical dentist administering anesthesia to desensitize the area where the implant is to be placed. Once the area becomes inactive, the dentist creates an incision on the gum's tissue
and exposes the jaw bone. Then a special drill is used to make a hole into the bone and water is passed through this hole to prepare the bone site.

Now the metal implant is twisted and set into the right place. Finally the dentist closes the gums with several stitches and the opening in the bone is covered and left to heal for a minimum of 3 months or more. During the healing months, the jaw bone grows around the implant and the implant connects structurally and functionally with the bone. This process is called Osseointegration.

Restoration of the Implant: This stage calls for the restorative dentist who places a crown like object on top of the implant. Post the healing period, the surgical dentist inspects the status of the jaw bone and once he is convinced that the implant is firmly held, another hole is punctured right above the implant and a metal
cylinder called an abutment is attached. The artificial tooth is built into this abutment. Once the abutment is adjusted in place, the dentist measures and determines the size of the artificial tooth and the details are sent to the dental laboratory for constructing the false tooth. Until the final tooth is ready, a temporary
implant tooth will be placed on the abutment. Once the reconstructed tooth is ready, the restorative dentist places the new tooth and carries out some final touches if required.

Both the procedures are very simple and common. In case where the jaw bone is not a suitable candidate to begin with the Dental implant surgery, it is crafted and reshaped by bone grafting or a sinus lift process for it to be able to receive the implant. The time taken to complete the dental implant procedure may vary from individual to individual depending on the individual's anatomy, physical condition and other oral hygiene conditions. However, the maximum time is consumed by Osseointegration or the healing process.

There are cases where the dentists can restore the false tooth right on the day of the surgery. This is called immediate loading and takes less time. This enables the individual to walk home with his smile restored on the very same day.