What Are Dental Implants?
Robina Dental implants are metal posts that replace missing teeth roots and support artificial teeth (view example). They are a natural-looking, permanent solution to tooth loss and are considered the most reliable and durable option for tooth replacement.
They can be placed in the jawbone to support a single tooth, several teeth, or the entire upper or lower arch of teeth. They can be made from titanium or ceramic, both of which are biocompatible materials.
Choosing to have dental implants is an important decision. It can improve your oral health, improve the appearance of your smile, and restore your self-confidence.
To begin, your dentist will perform a thorough exam and take X-rays of your mouth to assess the condition of your jawbone. If your bone is too soft or not thick enough to support an implant, your doctor may recommend bone grafting.
Bone grafting is the process of taking natural or synthetic bone and putting it in place to help build up the area that needs extra support before placing the dental implant. This can be done at the same time as the surgery or in separate stages.
When the graft is in place, your dentist can then begin the implant procedure. The procedure is simple and usually only takes a few hours.
Once the dental implant is in place, the surrounding bone heals around the implant and forms a strong bond with it called osseointegration. It takes some time for this to happen and, in some cases, the doctor will put a temporary abutment in place until the implant is fully integrated into the bone.
It is important to follow the post-op instructions your dental professional gives you. These will typically include eating only soft foods for a while and quitting smoking as it can affect the healing process.
The procedure will also be accompanied by antibiotics to prevent infection and pain medications. You will be instructed to care for the implant and the abutment with daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings.
Your dentist will schedule a follow-up visit to check on the progress of the implant and the restoration, which is made to fit over the top of the implant. Your dentist can also make changes to the restoration if necessary.