Your teeth endure a lot and having to replace one or even several is very common. Decay, overcrowding, infection, cracks, breaks and gum disease are the most common reason for tooth extraction. When an unhealthy tooth has been removed, an artificial one can be installed using an implant. An implant is an artificial root that attaches to a jaw and holds a replacement tooth or a bridge in place.
Implants provide stability, reducing the necessity of sacrificing neighbouring teeth to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Implants are popular because they look and feel like real teeth, giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. They can even be an improvement over the extracted teeth.
Dental implants are an important part of achieving a straight smile and a pain-free mouth that isn’t riddled with decayed teeth or gum disease. Dental implants can be restored several different ways and there are different prosthetics that can be attached to your dental implants.
How does it work?
Typically, a removable prosthesis is designed so that it can be attached to a custom-made anchor bar or a special dental attachment system. The dental attachment system is the most popular removable prosthetic system because the degree of retentive force (or “grab”, as it is called) can be modified without the need for expensive and time-consuming modification. The ability to change the amount of ‘grab’ contributes tremendously to the degree of comfort to the wearer.
We use two approaches to implant placement:
- Immediate placement protocols: a damaged tooth is extracted and immediately replaced during the same appointment with a dental implant.
- Delayed loading protocols: a missing or damaged tooth is removed and the site is rehabilitated for a certain amount of time before implants are placed
The appointment to place the implant itself takes about an hour, whereas the healing time for an implant to integrate into bone will take 3-6 months.