Why do we need Dental Implants?
An implant is a 3 part system consisting of:
- Implant Fixture
- Final Restoration of a crown or a denture or a bridge
The implant fixture is made of titanium and is threaded, like a screw. It is placed surgically in to the bone, and then over a period of about 4 to 5 months, the bone grows in to the threads, completely integrating the implant in to the patient’s jaw. This will be the anchor that will support the rest of the dental restoration. The placement of the fixture is the surgical portion of the process.
About 4 months later, the Abutment is attached to the fixture and impressions are taken. The abutment is the connector between the fixture and any dental work that will be attached. That is determined by the patient’s needs. An implant is an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth in most cases. Treatment recommendations are not “one size fits all”. The dentist needs to consider the patient’s entire mouth and all of their dental needs before making a recommendation.
While immediate, or “one day” implants do exist, they are not as simple as they sound. Regardless of the techniques and methods used, there is always a healing, or integration period of 4 to 5 months. For more information about implants and whether or not they are right for you, just ask.