Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement that replace your missing tooth at the roots. The implant is a screw or anchor that fuses with your jaw bone, onto which an extension and dental crown is affixed. Today we will take a closer look at how do dental implants work and what makes them so valuable. 


What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small screw, usually made from titanium, that is surgically embedded into your jaw. It is considered permanent because it fuses with your jaw bone in a process called osseo integration. Dental implants are used to replace lost or missing teeth.


What Can You Expect From Dental Implant Surgery?

Before the dental implant procedure can take place your dentist must first assess your suitability as a candidate. To support dental implants you need to be free of gum disease, ideally be a non-smoker and not have any conditions that interfere with your body’s ability to heal itself.


How Do Dental Implants Work?

process-to-explain-how-do-dental-implants-work-bellevue-hillDental implants work by providing artificial roots in your jaw bone that a dental crown can be attached to. Once your dental implant surgery is complete your implant will be able to withstand the same bite force as your natural teeth and will look like the other teeth in your mouth.

Once you have been assessed your dentist will present you with a treatment plan and cost estimate. This will detail the steps that will be followed in your dental implant surgery. If it is determined that you do not have enough jaw bone to support dental implants your dentist will incorporate bone grafting into the treatment plan. This may occur if you have been missing a tooth for a while.


Bone Grafting

Bone grafts can be performed just before the placement of the implant, if it is a minor graft. If you need a lot of bone, your dentist will perform a separate procedure. You will then wait for a few months for new bone to regenerate.


Placing The Dental Implant

The placement of your dental implant will be done under anaesthetic because it is a surgical procedure. Holes will be drilled into your jaw bone in the correct positions to support the implants. The tooth implant will be screwed into place and the surgical site will be stitched up. It is important that the appropriate period of healing passes by before your dentist can attach the extension or abutment to the implant.


Placing The Abutment

Before the abutment can be attached, the dental implant must fuse with your jaw bone. This can take anywhere from three to six months to complete; everyone is different when it comes to healing. Once your dentist is satisfied that the implant is secure he or she will need to open up the surgical site again.


Placing The Dental Crown

Before the crown can be placed you need to go through another period of healing, to ensure that the surgical site is secure and can support the dental crown. 


If you want to know more about how do dental implants work it’s best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for an appointment: (02) 9158 6309.