A dental implant is a titanium screw- shaped artificial replacement of tooth root. An implant crown (artificial tooth) is than attached to artificial root.
The dental implant procedure is a 2-stage process separated by healing time, usually minimum of 3 months:
- Dental implant surgery: Dr. Kinga refers her patients to highly skilled and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist. Implant (or implants) is surgically placed in the patient's jawbone, usually under local anesthesia. Anxious patient may ask to have surgery done under sedation or general anesthesia. After implant is set into place gums are closed with stitches. It will take three months or longer for healing.
- Implant restoration: After placement site is fully healed, implant is ready to be uncovered for placement of an abutment. After fitting the right abutment Dr. Kinga will make an impression (almost identical to the impression for regular crown). Impression is than sent to laboratory for crown fabrication. Finally, a replacement tooth, (crown), is attached to the abutment. Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a implant denture.
Reasons you may want to consider dental implants:
- To replace one or more teeth
- To provide support for a partial denture
- To increase the support and stability of full upper or lower denture
- To enhance chewing comfort
- To increase confidence while smiling, talking and eating
- To improve your overall psychological health
- To improve esthetic appearance and regain over all confidence