You may need an implant if you have lost one or more teeth due to severe deterioration, gum diseases, or to unsuccessful root canal treatment. Implants replace one or more teeth and are made of well tolerated materials, such as titanium. As artificial replacements of the tooth roots, they have the main role to support a dental crown or a dental bridge.
Apart from the aesthetics, replacing missing teeth insures proper chewing and articulation of words. If you don’t do it, your body will have the tendency to cover the empty space with the remaining teeth, thus creating malocclusion which, at its turn, leads to further medical issues, such as problems related to the jaw joint. Shifted teeth lead to precarious hygiene, which is similar to another new set of problems: cavities, gum diseases, tooth loss.
This process takes time. On a regular basis, this can take up to a few months and several steps until your dentist can finish the treatment. After fixing the implant in place in your bon tissue, you need three to six months for the bone to adhere to the implant. Then, your dentist extends the implant up to above the gums. Your gums healed, your dentist will take an impression (a negative) of the place to insure proper form to your dental crown or bridge. In most cases, during the last visit, the appliance is fixed into place and the dentist makes sure it matches your needs in terms of both shape and function.
Although efforts have been made to research the subject, the success of the procedure may be prone to failing, especially because of improper adherence of the bone tissue to the implant. In rare cases, the causes might be related to the damaging of the dental appliance or to the infection and swelling of the gums surrounding the implant.
Other Special Procedures
A special procedure that is referred to as sinus lifting may be needed if your dentist notices in the back part of your upper jaw morphological differences between the maxilla bones or differences in the density of the bone tissue. This procedure increases the resistance of the implant on the long run.
In order to make your maxilla bone thicker, and, thus, to get a better implant, bone augmentation may be induced. This implies using an artificial bone covered with a collagen film and it takes up to eight months after this when the actual process of fixing the implants starts