According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, statistics show that almost 70% of adults aged 35-44 years in the United States have at least one missing tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, or tooth fractures.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that give an indefinite base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures (bridges or crowns), implants are a more long-term effective solution for people that suffer from missing teeth. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a typical dental extraction or oral surgery can be a candidate for dental implants. Patient’s gums need to be healthy enough and also have enough bone to hold the dental implant.
The development of an individualized treatment plan is the first step in the dental implant process. The plan speaks to the patient’s specific needs and is then prepared by a team of surgeons who specialize in dental implantation.
Next, the tooth root implant, which is a post made of titanium, is put into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the post anchoring it into the jaw. The healing process ranges from 6 to 12 weeks.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post (called an abutment) is attached to the post to hold the new tooth. Impressions are made by your dentist and that is used to create the new tooth. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
After the dental implant, mild soreness is likely to occur and soreness can be treated with OTC (over the counter) medicine like Tylenol or Motrin.
Dental implants require the same amount of care as real teeth do.