If you have lost one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, you may be wondering what your options are to restore your smile and function. One of the most advanced and effective solutions is implant restoration. Implant restoration is the process of replacing missing teeth with artificial teeth that are supported by dental implants.
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots. Dental implants are biocompatible, meaning they fuse with your bone and become a permanent part of your jaw. Dental implants provide a stable and secure foundation for artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Implant restoration has many advantages over other methods of tooth replacement, such as:
Implant restoration is a safe and effective procedure that has a high success rate. However, like any surgery, implant restoration may involve some risks and complications, such as:
These risks are rare and can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced implant dentist, following the pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Implant restoration is usually done in two phases: the surgical phase and the restorative phase.
The surgical phase involves placing the dental implants into your jawbone. This may require one or more surgeries depending on the number and location of the implants, as well as the condition of your bone. The surgical phase may take several months to complete, as you need to allow time for the implants to heal and integrate with your bone.
The steps of the surgical phase are:
The restorative phase involves attaching the artificial teeth to the dental implants. This usually happens after 3 to 6 months from the surgery, when the implants have fully integrated with your bone.
The steps of the restorative phase are: