Implant dentistry uses titanium rods secured directly into the jaw in order to provide a base for a false crown. With new advances in dental implant technology, this process has become even easier for dental patients who have missing teeth.
Dental Implants Once Took Over Six Months
It used to take a six month period to get a complete dental implant once the decision to restore a tooth with an implant was made. Patients would wait for the implanted titanium rod to heal completely before a crown was put in place. Now the process has been simplified as dentists have learned how to effectively replace a tooth all in one dental visit. Called immediate dental implants, it is now possible to replace a missing tooth all in one session.
3-D Imaging is Used to Create a Virtual Model of the Patient's Mouth
With 3-D imaging, it is now possible for dentists to create a virtual model of your mouth without having to cut into the gums. Using an ICAT machine, the dentist will be able to identify where the bone is within your jaw. Without any cutting necessary, there is no need for the gums to heal before having the implant placed into your bone. While the total implant will still need to have time to heal, it is now possible for the complete implant and crown to be embedded into your jaw right away.
Mini-Implants Reduce Healing Time
Used primarily for dentures, mini-implants are less invasive and take a shorter time than traditional titanium posts. They are used as anchor points for dentures, whether partial dentures or a full set of dentures. Mini-implants have made implant attached dentures cheaper, because with mini-implants, the patient's current dentures can be used. Small fixtures attach to the bottom of the existing dentures and hook into the mini-implants that are embedded into your jaw.
Whether you are missing one tooth, or you need a full set of dentures, dental implant technology has come a long way in just a few short years. While dental implants used to take six months or more, now you can get a dental implant done in one day. The implant still needs to heal, and you will have to avoid smoking throughout the process. Smoking may prevent your dental implants from healing properly.
When you are ready to fix the missing teeth in your mouth, it's time to talk to a dentist about your implant options. To learn more about dental implants, consult the experts at Oral Surgery Associates Inc