Dental Implants ProcedureAdvances in Dental Implants Procedures
Explore the most popular and not so popular dental implants procedures preformed in Canada and the United States. Learn about advances in dental implants procedures and technologies that are changing the future of dental implants.
Stage 1: Placing the Dental Implant Into the Jawbone
● Anesthesia is given to the patient to eliminate any potential discomfort
● The gum tissue surrounding the area that will receive the implant is cut open and peeled back
● A small hole is drilled into the jawbone where the titanium post will be placed
● The titanium post is placed into the hole leaving it at the same level of the jawbone
● The gum tissue is stitched up, covering the titanium post so that it can heal without being interrupted Once this procedure is complete it can take up to 6 months for the titanium post to fuse with the surrounding jawbone. This fusion, known as osseointegration, is required for the titanium post to be as strong as a natural tooth root before the next stage can begin. During this waiting period a removable artificial tooth will be given to the patient for aesthetic purposes.
Stage 2: Attaching an Abutment to the Dental Implant
● Anesthesia is once again given to the patient to eliminate any potential discomfort
● The gum tissue is cut open so that the abutment can be attached to the underlying implant
● The gum tissue is stitched up, only this time the abutment will protrude past the gum tissue
After completing this procedure it will take a few weeks for the gum tissue to heal around the abutment before the final stage can be completed.
Stage 3: ATTACHING THE CROWN TO THE ABUTMENT
Once the gum tissue has fully healed around the abutment, it is time for the final stage. In this stage an artificial tooth, known as a crown, is permanently attached to the abutment giving the patient a brand new tooth which not only likes like a natural tooth, but feels like one too. This tooth must be cared for just like a natural tooth with daily brushing and regular professional cleaning.<br>
Dental Implants History
Some materials that are used in this procedure include:
● The patients own bone, taken from their chin, shin or hip;
● Bone taken from a cadaver;
● Animal bone, usually taken from a cow, or;
● Synthetic bone-like material
For patients whose jawbone is not wide enough, they will have two options;
1. bone grafting to widen the bone, or;
2. Miniature dental implants (MDIs) - a narrower dental implant post that can be securely placed into thinner jawbones