A tooth implant is a screw-like device placed inside the jawbone functioning as the natural tooth. The tooth implant acts like the tooth root and becomes infused with the jawbone over time. The tooth implant is suitable for those who have lost their teeth or are looking for a permanent solution to give their teeth a better appearance while allowing them to talk and eat comfortably.
Duration of Treatment
Normally, the implant is placed to the jawbone and is allowed to get fused to it for between 6 weeks to 6 months. Therefore, there would be no pressure on the implant from chewing and the aftermath risks reduces drastically. Once the implant is secured in the right place, an abutment is connected to the implant and the artificial teeth is attached to it. (abutment is the connector between the implant and the teeth).
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The person is needed to undergo a precise examination before the surgery. The dentist will ask the patient to deliver an x-ray of his jaw and his teeth.
Precautions before, during and after the tooth implant Procedure
Before the Surgery
You may be asked to avoid eating and drinking before the surgery and avoid drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
The surgery procedure
Before all, the dentist removes the gem tissue. This is done in several ways. However, the final result is the same and allows the dentist to access the jawbone. Then, the dentist makes an incision across the peak using a drill and enlarges the hole. Once the hole is made in the right size, the implant is tightened into position. After that, the abutment and the teeth are mounted on the implant. If needed the gum is closed around the abutment and stitched up.
The implant surgery is performed using local anesthesia (or general anesthesia with extra cost) and usually lasts about 45 minutes. However, if many implants are placed in a single session, the time will be longer accordingly.
After the Surgery
After the surgery, it is recommended to avoid eating solid foods and smoking for a while. Possible discomfort is bruising, swelling, and light bleeding which will eventually disappear over time.
Important things to know about dental implant
The tooth implant is not recommended for the following people:
- Pregnant patients
- Suppressed body system
- Heavy smokers
- Recent heart attack
Possible risks of tooth implants include:
- Failure to defuse the bone
- nerve damage
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Sinus injury
- Loss of jaw bone
The tooth implant is prescribed for:
- Those who have lost their teeth
- Those with damaged teeth