Dental implants are artificial roots that are made of materials that are compatible with the body, such as titanium. These implants are used to replace lost teeth or roots, and they can provide a natural-looking and functional replacement for missing teeth.
To place a dental implant, a surgeon will make an incision in the gum where the missing tooth is located and insert the titanium screw into the jawbone. The screw will have a hole in the middle, which is closed with a cover screw. The gums are then stitched closed and allowed to heal for a period of time.
In the second stage of the implant process, the gums are reopened and the cover screw is removed. A healing cap is placed over the screw, and the gums are stitched closed again. The healing cap allows the top of the titanium screw to remain open and creates a small gap in the gum.
After the desired amount of healing has occurred, the healing cap is removed and an intermediate piece is attached to the titanium screw. This intermediate piece is used to hold the artificial tooth, which is a coating that is attached to it. The artificial tooth is then attached to the intermediate piece, giving the appearance of a natural tooth.
It is a common misconception that dental implant procedures are painful. In reality, the procedure can be performed with local anesthesia, and any post-procedure pain can be managed with prescription medications. However, it is important to note that not all patients are candidates for dental implants. The jawbone must have enough volume to accept the implant screw, and the patient must have good oral hygiene and overall health. While there is no upper age limit for receiving dental implants, they may not be suitable for very young patients whose bone development is not complete.
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