As humans age, dental implants become an essential part of dental care. An implant is designed to replace a lost tooth and will function like real teeth and last a lifetime, making them a crucial component of proper dentistry for adults, elders, and even the occasional child. If you are in need of one, you might be concerned about the process or just how effective these implants are.
A dental implant can be made from a variety of materials, but the primary ones are titanium and a prosthetic material designed to maintain its shape and appear white to blend in with the rest of the teeth. The implant itself will possess a titanium root structure that fits in the bone of the jaw where a tooth is missing. When someone needs a replacement for multiple teeth, then a bridge or full denture can be created. With a bridge or denture, multiple implants are designed together and then fused to the jaw to provide the most realistic experience possible.
Patients often worry about pain or the possibility of implants falling out. The procedure necessary to install implants takes a short amount of time and is done in the office. A minor incision is made in the gum tissue to allow a dental professional to drill down to the jawbone and place the implant. Because there is no feeling in bone, patients will not experience any pain caused by the rooting of the implants. The jawbone will grow up and around the titanium roots as well, ensuring the implant doesn’t fall out.
Here at Scripps Poway Dental Care, patients can expect the actual procedure of placing dental implants to take less than an hour. Most of a patient’s time will instead be spent having x-rays and molds taken of the mouth to create the right implants. This is in individual process since each person’s mouth is unique and their implant will need to be as one-of-a-kind as you are.