The advancements in the field of dentistry over the past few decades has brought so much to the table. Among all the innovations, one particular dental prosthesis that stands out is the dental implant. Implants are prosthetic restorations that are used to replace missing natural teeth. They are placed in the jawbone just in place of the extracted tooth, which restores both the aesthetics and functionality of the mouth.
Structure of a dental implant
An implant consists of three prominent components, the metal implant stud, ceramic tooth crown, and the abutment. The metal stud is the part of the implant that is inserted into the jawbone. It is usually made from a hard metal such as titanium and has screw-like grooves on its surface. The ceramic crown is a highly-durable structure that resembles the tooth that is being replaced. The abutment is a collecting element that helps to join both the implant and ceramic crown.
Advantages of choosing implants
• Dental implants exhibit amazing durability. The dental-grade ceramic that is used to make it is highly resistant to wear and chipping. However, don't use it to tear open plastic bags or bite something hard as it could sustain damage.
• The appearance of an implant perfectly mimics that of a natural tooth. Anyone looking at your teeth wouldn't be able to distinguish the implant from the natural teeth.
• The implant would stay firmly fixed to the jawbone as it has grooves on its surface. Since it is made from titanium, the chances of it breaking are next to none.
• Implants prevent the drifting of the remaining teeth from their orthodontically right positions. Thereby, they prevent a change in the facial shape or the onset of malocclusion.
The procedure for getting dental implants would require a few visits to the dentist's office. During the initial visit, we will take x-rays of the mouth to get a better view of the jawbone and understand the spacing available for placing the restoration. A few tests will be conducted to determine your candidacy for implants, which would include a thorough diagnosis of your overall health. Next, digital scans are taken to create a 3D digital impression of the crown required to place on the implant stud.
The dentist will schedule the first surgery to place the implant in the jawbone. Local anesthesia will be administered before making a hole in place of the missing tooth, and the metal implant will be placed in it. Dental cement will be used to secure it firmly in place, after which a suitable healing period will be suggested to allow the bone to fuse with the implant.
During the next few surgeries, the dentist will place the abutment on the implant, which acts as the connecting element. The ceramic crown will be checked for fit and comfort, after which it will be bonded to the abutment using dental adhesives. The crown will be polished, and a bite test will be taken to ensure it doesn't alter your natural bite.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodriguez by calling us at (949) 916-8922 or reaching us through an online query, and we'll be happy to guide you further.