Dental implants are by far the best replacement for natural teeth. They are metal studs that are inserted directly into the jawbone, which is why they are known for their strength, sturdiness, and longevity. They can either be used to mount a prosthetic tooth (such as a crown) or dentures.
A dental implant is a combination of a titanium stud coupled with an artificial tooth crown. The stud acts as the tooth root and helps it stay anchored to the jawbone. The prosthetic tooth replaces the tooth crown and restores the functionality and aesthetics. Some of their prominent advantages are:
- High resistance to wear
- High sturdiness and strength
- Restore the ability of a person to bite, chew, and talk normally
- Prevent the drifting of the teeth, thereby preventing malocclusion, change in the shape of the jaw, and further tooth loss
- Restore self-confidence in a person
- The materials used for manufacturing implants are biocompatible and do not harm the tissues in the mouth.
The dentist takes X-rays, scans, and photographs of the dental set up to precisely map out the position of the teeth and determine whether or not there is any jawbone deterioration. Local anesthesia would be administered to numb the teeth and surrounding gums. A tiny incision is made on the gums at the site of the missing tooth for inserting the implant. A hole will be made in the jawbone at that point, and the implant stud will be placed carefully using high precision dental equipment.
Post-surgery, the implant site will be allowed to heal for a few weeks. During this time, patients are expected to stick to a specific diet as recommended by the dentist, which otherwise could cause an infection and prevent effective healing. Once the gum tissues heal, and the implant firmly adheres to the jawbone, an abutment will be placed on it. This acts as the connecting node to fix the crown on the metal post. The crown fabricated in a laboratory will be attached to the abutment with the help of dental adhesives. Finally, the bite, aesthetics, and comfort will be checked.
All-on-4 implants are usually recommended for patients who have lost all their teeth but still have an adequate amount of jawbone left for the placement of implants. Patients who experience persistent slipping of the denture from their mouth can especially benefit from them.
How do they work?
The procedure of placing implants in the jawbone is similar to that of regular dental implants. Once the implants are fixed in position, the dentist would take a mold of the teeth, which would act as a reference for fabricating the prosthetic teeth. Once the site heals, the denture-like prosthetic will be placed on them and checked for perfect fit and comfort. The teeth are specially designed with attachments that snap on to the implants. This way, they firmly stay fixed in one position and do not slip away. It is essential to clean them daily to prevent staining and discoloration.
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