A dental implant is a permanent, fixed tooth replacement option that involves the surgical placement of a titanium screw within the jaw. It appears and acts as a natural tooth preventing bone loss around the area and stopping the adjacent teeth from drifting.
Due to the complex nature of dental implant surgery, it requires extensive training, incredible precision and state-of-the-art technology, such procedures should only be performed by experienced practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge in dental implant surgery.
Dental implant surgery requires a sterile environment prepared meticulously by experienced staff, this significantly reduces the risk of complications following dental implant placement for optimal results. Once the titanium screw has been placed, your body is allowed time to recover and heal, during this period, the titanium screw integrates within your jaw and gradually becomes more stable.
Although healing time may vary from person to person, it is monitored with dental x-rays and assessed using a ‘torque test’ at a time when it appears stable on a digital x-ray, once the titanium screw is strong enough to support an implant crown, the final phase (restoration stage) begins. This involves taking impressions of your upper and lower jaw so the implant crown can be fabricated to fit the space perfectly. Not only does it fill the space, it meets perfectly with your gum, the contacts of the tooth/teeth on either side and the tooth/teeth on the opposite jaw that will meet the implant crown on biting.
Dental implants have been developed to be the strongest and most reliable long term tooth replacement option and can be used to just replace a single tooth or can even be utilised to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Dr Amit Arora has special training in the placement and restoration of dental implants and has been successfully handling dental implant cases for many years.
For additional information or questions about dental implants Contact us at Affinity Dentistry today.