are widely considered to be the most effective and longest lasting teeth
replacement solution for individuals who have lost them due to:
Unlike dentures, dental
implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth,
giving you the confidence to eat and smile as you normally would. Dental
implants also usually provide better long-term value than traditional teeth replacement
Dental implants are
essentially made from medical-grade titanium screws, designed to act as
replacements to the roots of teeth. These screws are implanted or screwed
directly into the patient’s jawbone, acting as a new foundation for the
artificial tooth to be attached to.
For decades, titanium has
been the primary metal of choice when it comes to dental implants because of
its ability to bond with bone as time passes in a process called Osseointegration.
Another material that has gained popularity in recent years is zirconia, which is not only biocompatible and
conducive to Osseointegration but is also metal-free—an answer to patients with
concerns about having metal screws in their jaw.
The first 48 hours after
your dental implant surgery are often the most important; it’s also when
symptoms are most obvious. The first few hours after your surgery, your dentist
will advise you to place firm but gentle pressure on the gauze packs with your
teeth to keep them in place. The gauze packs should be replaced an hour after
surgery, or when there is heavy and persistent bleeding. Gauze packs should
then be replaced every half hour to an hour, depending on the bleeding.
Osseointegration stage of the dental implant process timeline takes around 3 to
6 months. This allows the dental implant to fully bond with the jawbone. After
this period, the implant is surgically uncovered and attached with another set
of screws to abutments, which function as bridges to the crowns, also known as
the prosthetic teeth, which look and feel like the real thing.
The surgery required to
extract the tooth’s remnants (if any) and embed the implant is a routine
procedure, but there is still a degree of risk that can be mitigated by a
dentist’s skill and experience. Fortunately, dental medicine and technologies
associated with it have come a long way to a point that procedures almost
guarantee success. Sensitivity to titanium implants is also rare as the
properties of titanium do not clash with the biological makeup of the jaw bone
care must be taken when approaching the subject of dental implants. At Perfecting Your Smile – Dr. Pete
make it a point to work closely with patients and advise them on how to proceed
with the steps on getting implants and whether or not they’re really needed.
After the implants have been embedded, we also ensure that patients are
carrying out dentist’s orders when it comes to taking care of the implant and
avoiding post-operative infection. Call us today at 248.433.6000
to schedule a consultation.