Dental Implants Explained
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium, which is surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth. It’s a safe, durable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional dentures and bridges.송파치과
An implant restores the beauty of your smile, and enables you to chew and speak normally. It also helps preserve your bone and significantly reduces bone resorption and deterioration. Dental implants are also more comfortable than conventional dentures.
During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss the options for replacing your missing teeth, and check you have enough space in the area to accommodate an implant. We’ll also need to check you’re in good health to undergo the surgery. This is because the body’s immune system may slow down the healing process, so it’s important that you avoid smoking and take regular supplements to help your overall health and well-being.
Once we’ve established that you’re an appropriate candidate, we’ll book your surgery appointment. It’s a good idea to bring a friend or family member along for support at this time, especially if you opt for IV sedation – this is typically administered at a dental clinic and requires that you’re accompanied by a relative or trusted friend to drive you home afterwards.
Dental implants are designed to integrate with your jawbone, which is why we need to ensure that you have a strong enough bone structure to support them. The best candidates for dental implants have sufficient bone to hold replacement teeth, and are free of periodontitis (gum disease) or other infections that could compromise the success of the procedure. Uncontrolled chronic conditions, such as diabetes or cancer, and certain medications that affect the immune system, can also impede successful integration.
Your implant treatment will require multiple visits to your dentist or oral surgeon, which may be a multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors who specialise in conditions of the mouth and jaw (oral and maxillofacial surgeons), dentists who treat the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontists) and/or those who design and fit artificial teeth (prosthodontist). The process begins with a comprehensive exam including X-rays and 3D models.
Once the implant is in place, the metal post will fuse with the bone (a process known as osseointegration). A small connector post called an abutment will then be attached to the post, which juts out past your gum line. This is where your new crown will be attached.
The crown is the visible part of your new tooth and will be a colour and shape to match your surrounding teeth. You’ll then be able to enjoy your natural smile again, without the need for messy glues or removable appliances. If you want to keep your implant looking at its best, follow the dental hygienist’s advice on how to care for it. This includes brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing around the implant once a day. You’ll also need to use a medicated mouthwash to remove bacteria and prevent infection.서울0.1치과의원