A Dental Implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. This treatment involves placing (implanting) artificial dental roots made of titanium to the jawbone. A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gums) and the root (the part hidden under the gum). It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place. The dental implant placed in the bone of the upper and lower jaw function as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Designed for toothless areas, this is a perfect treatment modality for a natural feel as well as aesthetic satisfaction.
The surgery can commence after a thorough diagnosis and treatment planning, which might require sometime. It also depends on the type of dental implant treatment provided. For a conventional dental implant treatment, usually a healing period of 3 to 6 months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant, after which the prosthesis (crown) is constructed over the implant, completing the treatment.
Not at all! Since local anesthesia will be administered before the surgery you don't feel any pain at all. We use NO PAIN local anesthesia at Smile Essentials which causes absolutely no pain and discomfort even while injecting the anesthetic..Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Pain which may occur after the surgery can be very effectively controlled with oral medications. Implants are absolutely safe and not harmful to the human body.
In view of the high success of modern oral implant treatment, an implant can be considered as a long lasting medical treatment option that does not need to be changed. The service life of an oral implant can however be affected by factors like aseptic protocols followed during the procedure, meticulous daily cleaning by the patient, regular professional maintenance, smoking and diabetes.