What is an implant?
A natural tooth has a crown - the part which is visible above the gumline, and a root - the anchor hidden below the gumline.
A dental implant is used to replace the root when the natural tooth is missing. Depending on the number of these artificial roots and the quality of jawbone surrounding them, we can anchor
dental bridges and
even poor fitting dentures.
What?! You are going to place a screw inside my mouth?
Just like an orthopedic pin, a dental implant is a titanium fixture that is surgically grafted into the bone. This pin has threads on the sides to allow for stabilization immediately following implant placement. The ability to immobilize the dental implant allows for faster and more predictable healing. This is the reason why your implant looks like a common screw.
What should I expect during procedure?
The process of implanting a titanium pin inside the jawbone takes less than an hour. This fast and predictable treatment, with a success rate of over 97%, is done by making a small cut in the gums, carefully measuring and preparing a space to receive an implant, followed by the actual implant insertion.
Post-operatively most patients report none or minimal discomfort because the operative area is often very small, and the fact that the jawbone receiving an implant has limited nerve supply.
Still, because of their association with dentistry, dental implants are erroneously considered painful and scary.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Following post-operative care instructions is an important part of implant surgery, and will ensure speedy and comfortable recovery.