A Dental Implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental Implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a Dental Implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for a replacement tooth, or even a full set of replacement teeth.
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Implant ProcedureYou will need to discuss your options with your dentist. It will be decided if you are a good candidate for dental implants......
You will need to discuss your options with your dentist. It will be decided if you are a good candidate for dental implants ( having enough space& bone). The dentist will take a complete dental history, x-rays, and complete a thorough oral examination.
A dental bone graft is only necessary when additional bone is needed to support the implant in the jaw. A sinus lift is necessary only in the event that the sinus membrane is too low and might be in danger of damage by the implant.
If you are a candidate for implant surgery, the procedure is as follows:
1. Surgical placement of the implant(s) into the bone. This is usually done right in the dentist’s office, with a local anesthetic. After surgery, there is a healing period of approximately four months. During this time, the implants fuse to the bone by a process known as ‘osseointegration’.
2. Next, there is a minor surgical exposure of the top of the implant, whereby the dentist will attach the post to the implant. The function of the post is to become the support for either one tooth or a set of teeth. This is a short procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia.
3. The last phase is the restorative phase. The dentist will take impressions and then make a prosthesis that will attach to the implants. This will require several visits. Once completed, your mouth will be restored to natural looking, strong teeth.
The duration of the whole dental implant procedure varies from patient to patient and depends, among other things, on the patient's physical condition and anatomy. It can take three to nine months and sometimes even longer! Yet most of that time is spent on the healing of the tissue and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
FAQFind out the frequently asked questions about Dental Implant; What is the success rate of the treatment? How long does the implant last?.....
1. What is the success rate of the treatment?
Implant treatment is general all over the world and successful more than 90~95%. Also Elite Dentist has a 97% success rate, and we are performing satisfactory surgery for patients.
2. How long does the Implant last?
It is different, depending on the patient’s condition. But comparing to crowns and bridges, it lasts longer.
3. Is there any pain during the surgery?
There is little pain except special case, because we do local anesthesia. As the need arises, anesthetic can be added to protect patients from pain.
4. How long does the surgery take?
It is hard to answer simply as there are varying variables in operation. Typically, each implant takes 30 minutes. But if you need a bone graft or any other aid, the surgery will take more time. The entire treatment period is 4~7 months from the first surgery of placing the prosthetic teeth. Depending on the bone condition, it may take more than 1 year.
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