What is Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental Implant Surgery is not just a cosmetic perfection. It replaces damaged or missing teeth and provides a solid base for your new artificial teeth.

The dental implant is fixed by a tooth root made in the dental lab. It functions like natural teeth and is an ideal solution for loose dentures or bridges. The success of the dental implant surgery depends on the condition of the jawbone and the type of implant placed in the tooth socket.

So what can you expect during surgery? First, you are relaxed by means of sedation or anesthesia. Then the custom-made tooth root is surgically placed into the jawbone. The dentist makes an incision in the gums where the implant will be placed. In case of abscess or infection, first the bacteria must be totally removed to avoid infection spreading. With the jawbone exposed, a titanium post is inserted into the jaw by drilling a hole to prepare the bone area and screws it into the jaw bone. The cut is sutured and left to heal without disturbance. This takes around three to six months to rebuild firmly. The dentist ascertains that the implant is accepted by the bone. You will then be given instructions on how to maintain good oral health, pain prescription, antibiotics if needed and asked to come for further checkups to monitor the healing process.

In the second surgical procedure, the implant is opened, the cover screw is removed, and an abutment is inserted to the tooth root. A temporary crown is placed for aesthetic reasons. The tissue around the implant then begins to grow.

Next, the dental surgeon will close the gums around it and will take an impression of the mouth to make the crowns look natural.

After about two months the soft tissue is healed and ready to accept the final replaced tooth. It is a fixed permanent tooth capable of normal functions.

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