The dental implants are basically made of two parts: the titanium insert and the dental crown part. The dentist will insert the titanium part through the gums and into the jaw bone and allow the titanium to fuse nicely with the bone.
After the fusion happens and the tissues have healed nicely, the dentist can place the permanent crown. This way, the patient receives a tooth which is just as functional and aesthetic as the biological tooth.
Dental implants represent the most efficient solution not only for missing teeth, but also for teeth which are damaged beyond possibility of repair/reconstruction (badly decayed teeth, or teeth which suffered internal and external damages and need to be extracted).
The dental implant surgery treatment
Firstly, the dentist will extract the damaged tooth or teeth. Then, the dentist is going to prepare the jawbone for the surgery. Patients who have got a weak jaw bone density which would not support the titanium implant, will need to go through bone grafting.
This is when the dentist will fill in the tiny pores in the jaw bone using the grafting material, to make the bone more solid and dense. Now the titanium insert or screw can be placed right into the tiny hole in the jaw bone which was drilled by the dentist. It will take 2 to 3 months until everything will heal completely.
In order to attach the dental crown into the titanium screw, the dentist needs to perform a thorough check to see if the titanium implant has indeed fused well with the jaw bone.
In cases when a titanium implant is inserted into a very weak jaw bone, this titanium implant will not be steady enough and it may even fall out. This is why it is extremely important to find yourself a highly skilled dentist who can assess correctly the problem, and advise bone grafting if your jaw bone structure is weak.
One of the biggest reasons for which people tend to avoid thinking of dental implants is the lengthy time this treatment involves. Indeed, it might take even up to 3 months until everything heals well and you are finally able to receive the permanent crown, but think of it that dental implants represent a permanent solution.
The dental crown needs to be replaced at every 10 years or so, and you need to go through several dental appointments, crown adjustments, etc. With dental implants you will go only once through the entire discomfort of the treatment.
Advancements in the field of dentistry allow now for a special treatment which will help making the healing process happen much faster. This is when platelet rich plasma will be extracted from the own blood of the patient and this plasma will be later used in the healing process after dental implants.
The wounds will heal much faster and the bone will also start growing better and faster.