Technology has been a magnificent tool in the battle against tooth loss. Dentists will always strive to save a tooth and their natural instinct is preventive dentistry. In those cases where loss is inevitable, dentists now have a new weapon. Dental implants have improved so much with technology that it is the go-to treatment for tooth loss. The ability to replace a patient’s tooth with an artificial one that looks and feels like their natural teeth is a vast improvement from treatments of the past.
Stability is the key
The primary concern that comes to mind is the sturdiness of the implant. Implants provide a sound, stable platform in much the same way as natural teeth are supported by a root.
A comprehensive examination
In the first instance, it is vital to consult a dentist for guidance and advice as to the correct treatment for a particular condition. Using x-rays and a 3D intraoral scanner, the dentist can produce a complete scan of the inside of a patient’s mouth. This allows for a comprehensive assessment of the condition of the teeth, gums and jawbone. Identifying exactly where the problems are, allows the dentist to make carefully calculated decisions. Once an assessment has been completed, the dentist will discuss all the treatment options available to the patient.
Dental Implants Nottingham will always carefully assess the jawbone structure and density to ensure that it can take an implant. Sometimes, a bone graft may be necessary to provide extra strength. Once the offending tooth has been removed, a hole is drilled into the jawbone precisely where the new crown will be located and a titanium post is then screwed in. Titanium is most commonly used because it fuses easily with the bone, providing that all-important secure and stable base.
Once the gum has healed sufficiently, an abutment is screwed into the titanium base, this abutment can be made from titanium, gold, zirconia or several other materials. The crown or artificial tooth is then either screwed or cemented to the abutment. This procedure can take many weeks or months depending on the condition of the patient’s jawbone. If, however, the jawbone is healthy and dense, an implant procedure can be completed in a matter of hours on the same day. Up to four teeth can be supported by one implant and a full-mouth teeth replacement procedure can be done using just four implants to support the full set. The fact that the base is supported by the jawbone allows the patient to enjoy the experience of having teeth that are firm and can perform the natural function.
These days, the improvements in technology have taken large strides that matching the shape and colour of a patient’s teeth can be done easily and accurately. In fact, in most cases, it is impossible to identify a crown from the natural teeth.
Care and maintenance
Fortunately, caring for implants does not require any additional maintenance apart from using a soft-bristled brush. Brushing at least twice a day and regular flossing at least once a day, just as you would your natural teeth, are all it takes to ensure the longevity of the implants.