Dental Implants – The Basics
Typically, the first step involves a consultation with a dentist who specializes in conditions of the mouth and jaw (oral and maxillofacial surgeon), a dental specialist in treating structures that support teeth and gums (periodontist) or a dentist who designs and fits artificial teeth (prosthodontist). You will also need to visit a doctor who can perform a bone graft (if necessary).잠실임플란트
Next, you will have X-rays and 3D images taken of your teeth, which will be loaded into CAD/CAM software to create a virtual implant treatment plan. This is very accurate and Dr Shekher can use it to guide your actual surgery. He then prepares the site by lifting a flap of tissue to expose the bone. Using the precision surgical guide created in step 2, he places the titanium tooth ‘root’ into your jaw.
Once the implant is placed, it takes time for your jaw bone to meld with it, a process known as osseointegration. This varies by individual but can take from three to nine months. During this time, you will not have a fully functional tooth but you can eat soft foods like apples and yogurt. A temporary crown can be inserted in the meantime to maintain your appearance and function.
During this time, your dental team will check your implant to see if it is healing properly. If not, a minor surgery may be required to place an abutment that connects the implant post to the restoration. This is done under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
When the abutment is in place, the restoration – usually an artificial tooth or bridge – can be attached. The metal abutment juts out from the gumline and is visible when you smile. It is important to avoid biting down or chewing forcefully on the area as this can damage or break the abutment.
If you care for your implants properly, they can last a lifetime. This means brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist for cleanings twice a year and keeping up with routine maintenance appointments. You should also avoid smoking and chewing on hard objects that can damage your implants.
If you have any questions about dental implants, please call us or schedule your appointment online today. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!서울0.1치과의원