by on July 15, 2021

Are you feeling discomfort or pain because of a chipped, decayed, or missing tooth? A dental implant is an answer to all your pain and discomfort as it brings back your natural smile, alignment, and facial appearance. It is a cost-effective and durable treatment to replace missing and decayed teeth. Dental implants are basically artificial tooth roots placed in the jawbone on which artificial teeth are surgically placed to replace missing teeth.

So, when you are getting ready for dental implants, make sure to learn about dental implant procedures first and what you should expect during the implant surgery. During a dental implant procedure, your natural tooth roots are replaced with artificial tooth roots made of titanium or any other metal. Dental implants are like screw-based posts to place artificial teeth. They are a better teeth replacement solution than bridges and crowns because they look and function like your real teeth.

When you visit a dentist for dental implant surgery, he or she will follow these steps during the procedure depends on the implant you need.

Initial Evaluation

Your dental surgeon will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the condition of your jawbone and decide the best implant procedure. This stage includes X-rays, color matching, taking, dental impressions to ensure that you receive implants that look and feel as natural as possible. This process also evaluates how many dental implants you need to replace missing teeth. They will also discuss your current medical condition to decide whether you are ready for dental surgery or not.

Tooth Extraction

When your dentists ensure you are ready for the implant surgery after the initial examination, he begins the tooth extraction process if you have remaining decayed or chipped teeth. It is done before the dental work is required to surgically place the artificial implants.  

Dental Implant insertion and Bone Grafting

Your dental implants are either inserted directly onto your jawbone or go under the gumline. Your jaw needs to healthy, strong, and thick enough to support the artificial teeth. If there are not enough bones in your jaw, you may need extra bones to be added in your jaw area where implants are intended. Adding extra bones in your jaw area is called bine grafting. It will require a few weeks to heal before you can insert the implant. After adding the implant onto your jawbone, the jawbone grows around the implant to become part of your natural gum line. It takes anywhere from 2-6 months depending on the condition of your jawbone.

Abutment Placement

Once your implants become stable and strong, your dental surgeon will place an abutment on the top of your implants. An abutment is essential to connect the implant to the crown. It needs to be tightened properly for the perfect placement.

Adding the Permanent Crown

Once your gums heal, your dentist will place an artificial crown or tooth depending on your requirement. You can prefer to get a permanent or removable implant to replace your missing teeth. 

So, these are the common steps that your dentist follows during the dental implant procedure. Make sure to go to a professional and experienced dental surgeon for your dental implant surgery for the best and healthy teeth replacement.

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