Dental implants are an increasingly popular treatment to replace missing teeth. Due to the integration into the jawbone, it offers patients a long-lasting and permanent solution. In addition, the attached restoration, such as an implant crown, can blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
Dental implant components
A dental implant consists of three parts; the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthesis.
The fixture, also known as dental implant, is a titanium device. It replaces the root of your natural tooth. Your dentist will place an abutment on the fixture which will build the connection base for your prosthesis.
Your prosthesis is the part that will be visible in your mouth. Depending on your case, it may be a dental crown or a dental bridge. Your dentist will design the restoration to match your surrounding teeth in colour, shape, and size. This will ensure that the false tooth blends in seamlessly with the adjoined teeth.
Dental implant treatment steps
If you have lost a single or several teeth or your teeth are badly damaged, you may be a suitable candidate for dental implants.
In the first step, your dentist will inform you about all necessary requirements for the implant procedure. The team will also answer any questions you may have.
To improve the success rate of your implant, it is important that your jawbone is dense enough to support the implant fixture. If the bone tissue is too weak, you may also require a bone graft. Your dentist will also discuss and explain this procedure to you.
The implant surgery will take place on a single day. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb up the relevant area of your mouth. A small incision will be made to place the implant fixture into your jawbone. In the last step, your dentist will stitch the area closed.
The time for the healing process can then vary from patient to patient. Generally, it takes two to six months for the fixture to integrate into the jawbone (osseointegration). Once the area is healed, your dentist will take impressions to design your prosthesis. He will also place the abutment which will serve as anchor between the fixture and the restoration.
In the last step, your dentist will permanently attach your new crown or bridge to the implant.
Dental implant aftercare
After treatment, we recommend maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine to facilitate the healing process. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal as your implant will increase the amount of food and plaque trapped in your mouth. Take a toothbrush wherever you go so that you can quickly brush after eating or having a snack.
Our team furthermore recommends using a soft bristled toothbrush. In addition, you can use interdental brushes to clean the area around your implant, especially in between your tooth and the implant. Make sure that you don’t put excess pressure on the implant and brush the area very gently.