Dental implants are used in dentistry to replace missing teeth or support fixed (non-removable) or removable dentures.
A titanium screw, similar in size to the root of a natural tooth, is placed in the patient’s jawbone where the natural tooth is missing. Once an implant is placed, a restoration (crown) can be attached to this titanium root which can now function as a new tooth.
It is broadly accepted that the success rate of dental implants is approximately 95%. The success rate can depend on several factors. Patients with diabetes or those who smoke can expect a slightly lower success rate. Success is also dependent on the amount of bone present as well as the quality of bone.
What does getting an implant involve?
The first step will be to decide what is the best treatment plan for your specific situation. Once this is decided, on the first appointment the implant is placed into the bone. The implant requires at least 3 months healing before placing restoration, in between this time, appointments may be required to check the healing process of implant. Approximately three months after the implant’s initial placement, it is time to begin the restoration process. A highly accurate impression (mold) is taken of the teeth and implant which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the implant abutment (the part that connects the crown to the implant) and the crown will be fabricated. Approximately 3 weeks after, your crown and abutment will be carefully attached to the implant, checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life your new implant.