What is implant?
When the tooth is missing or been extracted it is replaced by artificial tooth-like restoration. Usually, the root device is made out of titanium and surgically placed inside the bone and an artificial crown in joined to resemble the tooth. Generally, the surgeon might do the implant and advise you to wait a few months for the bone to integrate with the titanium screw before you are ready to place the implant restoration.
Advantage of having dental implant
- It looks and feels like your own teeth
- Do not need to remove like denture
Implants involve surgery, so like any surgery it also carries risk and complication depend on the location inside the mouth.
Even though it is attached inside the mouth permanently, it does need good oral health maintenance otherwise implantitis may develop or infection and inflammation around the implant may occur and may need removal.
What does it involve?
The surgeon inserts the implant inside the bone surgically and leaves it for a few months for it to integrate with the bone and heal well. Then the healing cap is removed and the impression is taken and sent to the laboratory to construct the crown. Once it arrives from the laboratory it is screwed into the tooth.