Dental implants are artificial dental tools that are alternatives for missing teeth. Dental implants help restore the appearance of the face. Mostly for aesthetic reasons, dental implants are becoming a more preferred option, especially in cases where dentures were the only option available many years ago. Dental implants are made with a variety of substances and come in many finishes. They provide a permanent or removable replacement for a missing tooth, and look and feel very similar to a natural tooth. An implant part is a screw-like object that replaces the root of the teeth and gives a foundation to the upper crown, which is the visible part. Dental implants have a long life and provide strength and protection to the neighboring teeth too.
The dental implant procedure can be spread over several weeks. A dentist will carefully examine the current status and suggest the most suitable dental implant procedure, with consultation and interventions from a dental surgeon and a periodontist. The process includes:
As part of pre-procedure preparation, careful examination of the teeth, gums, and jaws will be made. The thorough examination will reveal how deep the roots are, the strength of the gums, and the structure of the jaws.
- A local anesthesia will be given on the day of the procedure.
- An incision will be made on the gums to find access to the tooth socket.
- The bone will be drilled to place the post of the implant and to secure it tightly.
- Bone grafting may be done in cases where the adjoining bones are thin, and for the implant to be fixed securely.
- A healing cap will be placed on top of the implant.
- An abutment will be fixed on the implant.
- The dental implant will be allowed to heal.
- Follow-up examinations would be required.
Dr. Firas Osman
Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon,
Are dental implants painful?
It may be painful for a few days post-surgery for which the dentist will prescribe pain killers. It is not painful in the long run as the implants are made up of biocompatible material which fuses with the jaw bone and results in a fixed permanent solution for a missing tooth.
How is a dental implant done?
A dental implant is done by placing an implant rod or screw into the bone. The abutment is then fixed to the rod. Post which the crown or bridge is fixed onto the abutment.
Is dental implant safe?
Yes, they are safe. They are made up of inert biocompatible material like titanium which fuses with the bone. There are no chances of rejection of the implant by the human body.
Will dental implants affect MRI?
No, dental implants do not affect the MRI. Dental implants are made of titanium which does not cause any magnetic interference during the MRI procedure.
What are same-day dental implants?
Same-day implants are the implants in which the whole procedure is completed within the same day. Implant post-placement, abutment and crown fixing is done on the same day.
Why did the dental implant fail?
Failure of a dental implant depends upon the factors like poor oral hygiene, diabetes, autoimmune diseases affecting bones and the habit of smoking or tobacco chewing. All these factors are considered by the dentist before finalizing dental implants.
Which is a better dental implant or bridge?
A dental implant is a very good option as it is fixed and permanent, unlike bridges which are stable until teeth beneath the bridge are strong.
How much do same day dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants depends upon the material and brand of dental implant used, other dentistry tools used and the hospital providing the facility.
Can a dental implant be done in one day?
Yes, a dental implant can be done in one day by the use of CBCT and 3D print bridges and crowns.
Are same-day dental implants safe?
Yes, they are safe like conventional dental implants. They show rapid healing and fusion with a bone when compared to conventional dental implants.