Dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed in multiple stages. This is a much more advanced alternative to partial or full dentures. These implants are different from traditional dentures in that they are fixed to the jaw bone. Unlike traditional removable dentures, they are permanently fixed and cannot be removed. No regular adjustment or realignment is required.
The Preferred Dental Procedure
Today, tooth implant surgery is very common and many dentists and prosthodontists are qualified to perform it. Irrevocably damaged or decayed teeth can be replaced with permanent alternatives and they look very much like natural teeth. Here is the procedure that is followed in tooth implants:
• The damaged tooth or teeth are first extracted
• The jawbone is then prepared for surgery. Depending on the condition of the underlying bond, bone-grafting may be necessitated. In this case, the procedure will take longer than usual.
• A titanium screw or post in placed in the hole that has been drilled into the jaw bone. This is then allowed to heal completely for a couple of months.
• The dentist will check if the wound had healed and will then affix the crown on the screw.
This entire procedure takes around two to three months. The healing itself takes a couple of months and the bone and tissue has to re-grow around this newly added structure. The condition of the jaw bone has to be good for the implant to be possible and successful. A weak bone base will not be able to withstand the pressure that the chewing motion of the mouth exerts.
The Latest in Dental Medicine
The one reason why many people hesitate to opt for this procedure is the time that is required for the implant to be accepted and the wound to heal. In rare cases this new addition may be rejected. But modern medicine has found a solution for that too. Platelet Rich Plasma or Plasma Rich Plasma is extracted from the patient's own blood. This is then used to hasten the healing process.
The bone grows faster and the wound heals quicker. There are very little chances of rejection as the plasma is acquired from the patient's own body. This procedure is used in sports medicine and orthopedics very successfully. It uses the natural healing properties of the body to heal the wound that is created by the dental implant and is definitely a significant advancement in the field of dentistry.