Considered a major medical surgery, the tooth implant process basically involves the mounting or positioning of an artificial tooth, in lieu of a missing tooth, on metal frames to hold it onto the jawbone. Are you thinking about getting a tooth implant procedure to replace a lost tooth? How exactly will your dentist then go about the tooth implant process?
Dental Examinations and X-Rays
Prior to the actual tooth implant process, your dentist will need an absolute guarantee that you are qualified to undergo the dental surgery. Your dentist will perform comprehensive dental tests on you. Panoramic x-rays and impressions of your teeth and gums will be taken. Even your medical and dental histories will have to be reviewed completely.
It is necessary that you have healthy gums too. In addition, you may be asked for a CT scan of your mouth. The CT scan and x-rays are crucial in order for your dentist to accurately know if your jawbone is adequately strong and has the required height for it to be capable of holding the tooth implant in place.
The conditions and state of your jawbone could be a determinant to the success of the tooth implant surgery.
The Tooth Implant Process
The implant. The implant is made of titanium. It is surgically positioned either right into or over your jawbone and will then serve as the new root for the artificial tooth to be later mounted on.
The abutment. The abutment may be made of porcelain, titanium or gold. It is integrated into the implant with the use of a screw. The abutment is basically the connector between the implant and the artificial tooth, technically named the crown or cap. It is sculpted like a natural tooth so as to accommodate the shape of the crown.
The crown or the cap. This is the visible part of the implant and it mimics exactly the way a natural tooth looks like and thus blends in with the enamel color of the surrounding natural teeth. This restoration is either cemented or screwed onto the abutment. The cap can be purely made of metal, purely composed of porcelain, or porcelain fused to a metal alloy.
The Bone Augmentation or Bone Grafting and the Bone Distraction
Should you be advised against undergoing a tooth implant procedure because your jawbone does not meet the necessary strength and height to hold the implant, it may be suggested instead to opt for another cosmetic dental procedure to replace your lost tooth.
If you are resolute in your choice of dental restoration surgery which is getting a tooth implant, your dentist may resort to bone grafting or bone augmentation for your jawbone. This process involves taking a piece of bone from another area on your jaw or another body part, say, your hip or your chin, and then appending it to your jawbone for it to become high enough to hold the implant.
On the other hand, bone distraction is a surgical procedure performed on the area exactly where more jawbone height is needed. This allows for the growth of more bone through carefully disintegrating the existing bone utilizing metal pins and screws.
This is a very basic walkthrough of the tooth implant process.
Only your dentist can best explain to you the dental surgery in detail as only he can determine if you make for a good candidate to get a tooth implant. It is particularly crucial to listen to what your dentist has to say, especially if your case will have to involve the addition of bone to your jaw.
Consult with us at Affordable Dental Las Vegas and learn more about the process, the risks, and the advantages, as well as the costs of a tooth implant.