Dental implants are custom-made, artificial teeth made from enduring, medical-grade metallic and ceramic materials. The implant part of the restoration, which is titanium, is surgically anchored into your jawbone, much like a real tooth root. The artificial tooth, or porcelain crown, is fitted onto the implant.
Dental implants are widely considered to be one of the most important developments in modern dentistry. It’s not surprising, then, that they’re one of the most commonly requested offerings of cosmetic dentistry. Implants are strong, stable, and permanent, and they also blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, making them ideal for filling gaps to restore your smile.
Because dental implants require a surgical procedure, good overall health, proper bone structure, and healthy gums are essential. In general, patients who are healthy and have adequate bone mass are able to get implants.
To make sure you do have enough bone mass, you’ll have a 3D cone beam CT scan prior to surgery. This special type of X-ray produces a 3D image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bones. The image reveals essential details about your bone structure and helps Dr. Milana determine the size and type of implant you need.
Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia. After Dr. Milana anchors the titanium root into your jawbone, he secures your gum over the implant, leaving it covered to give the implant time to fuse with your bone. Once the implant is fully fused, he can finish the restoration by attaching a post to the implant and then affixing an artificial tooth, or porcelain crown, to the post.
The amount of time it takes for you to complete a dental implantation process varies, depending on your body’s own ability to heal and the quality of your bone. For some patients, the entire process can take as long as nine months, because recovery after the initial implant surgery takes a long time. For patients who heal quickly and have good bone quality, the process can go much faster.
Patients who are affected by certain systemic health problems, such as diabetes or leukemia, may not be able to undergo implant surgery, because such illnesses can hinder the body’s ability to heal properly.
Smokers may not be good candidates for the surgery, either, because they also tend to heal more slowly. To find out if implants are a good option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Milana today.
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