Dental implants have been around for a few years already, yet this treatment has proved to be a permanent solution for missing teeth, something that literally millions of people have enjoyed in the few years implants have been available. If you have lost a tooth due to a sporting collision, or would prefer a permanent alternative to dentures, here is a detailed description of the dental implant process.
How Dental Implants Work
If you are looking to have dental implants in Canberra, or any Australian city, a Google search will help you locate an established cosmetic dental clinic, who would be specialists in this treatment. The treatment involves the insertion of special titanium pins, which are screwed into the jawbone with ultra-precise placement. The titanium pins bind well with human bone and tissue, and after a few months, the bond is sufficient to allow the dentist to attach the prosthetic tooth or crown, and once the prosthetic tooth has been fitted, the treatment is finished and the patient can lead a perfectly normal life.
Endosteal Dental Implants
The most common type of dental implant, the endosteal implant involves the insertion of titanium pins into the jawbone, and most people have adequate jawbone structure to receive this treatment. In the event the jawbone structure is inadequate, there are several solutions; either bone augmentation, which means grafting a small amount of bone from another part of the body, or subperiosteal implants.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
The prosthetic tooth is fitted to a thin wire framework that is attached to the gumline, which provides a strong anchor point for the prosthetic tooth, and this form of treatment is rarely used, as the majority of patients can have endosteal implants fitted.
Zygomatic Dental Implants
On rare occasions, the dentist might recommend Zygomatic implants, which involves fitting the pins into the cheekbone, and this treatment is very complex and only used as a last resort.
The very first visit to the dentist is for the specialist to determine the best course of action, and by taking several X-Rays of the jaw, the dentist would be able to tell you which method is best for you. The dentist would then make an appointment to start the treatment.
Titanium Pin Insertion
The dentist would insert the titanium pins in precise locations, and once this has been done, a temporary crown is fitted and the patient must wait 2-3 months for the pins to bind with the bone and tissue. This is the same whether you are having a single tooth replacement fitted or a complete set of upper and lower prosthetic teeth, the only difference being the number of pins.
The dentist would have taken some impressions of the teeth and gums during the first appointment, which then allows him to create the prosthetic teeth, which are fitted when the pins have successfully bonded.
If you would like to explore the potential that dental implants offer, search online for a nearby dental specialist, who can carry out an examination and make a treatment recommendation.