Dental implants are metal screws that are inserted in the jawbone. Once the bone tissue grows firmly around the implant, it serves as the foundation to carry a crown or a bridge.
The implant is made of titanium; a metal that is accepted by the body tissue and that allows the implant to integrate with the bone. Implant treatment can replace one or more missing teeth without involving the neighbouring teeth.
The treatment explained:
The number one deciding factor for the suitability of the implant treatment is whether there is a sufficient amount of jawbone to anchor the implant.
With bone augmentation and bone replacement techniques, many patients with insufficient amount of jawbone are today treated successfully. After the necessary examinations, a decision will be made as to if and where an implant can be placed.
Under sterile conditions the implant is inserted in the jawbone and covered with the gums. The inserted implant is left to heal and integrate within the jawbone.
The rule of thumb is six months healing for the upper jaw and three months for the lower jaw. The operation can be performed under local anaesthetic. A little discomfort and pain may be experienced for a week or two after the operation.
With more progress made in the field of implantology, the healing time is becoming significantly shorter. When the implant is integrated with the jawbone, the crown part is attached to it and the treatment is completed.