Losing a tooth due to an accident or tooth decay used to mean having to wear a bridge or using dentures. Dental implants Windsor has resolved that problem by utilising nature’s concept of anchoring our teeth into the jawbone. The procedure was first used in the 1950s and has been improved over the past few decades. These days, implants have become the procedure of choice to replace lost teeth.
Digital technology revolutionizing implantology
Dental science and technology have rapidly advanced the equipment and techniques used by dentists to replace teeth. Computer-guided equipment is now used to ensure the accuracy of the implant position, and such technology now ensures that any need for hard or soft tissue augmentation is detected.
Why would dental implants be needed
Replacement of lost teeth is not only an aesthetic procedure but also a practical restorative one. Our teeth are designed to allow us to chew our food, which aids our digestion. If we lose a tooth, then that weakens the surrounding teeth, and the more teeth we lose, the less efficient our ability to chew becomes. Losing numerous teeth will also change our diet as we will have to resort to eating only soft, easily digestible foods. So, dental implants help to restore our ability to chew our food correctly.
The implantation procedure
This procedure requires a thorough examination, which will include a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a patient’s medical history. Numerous x-rays and scans are also needed to ensure that the jawbone is solid enough. If the jawbone is not dense enough to support an implant, a bone graft may be necessary to increase the volume of bone.
Once it is decided that implantation can proceed, an incision will be made into the gum, and a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone. A titanium post will then be screwed into the hole and act as the root, and a temporary abutment will be inserted onto the post. Normally, the healing period takes about 5 to 6 months after the part of the procedure is completed; however, there are occasions when the entire procedure can be carried out within one day. During this period, the replacement crown can be made from moulds that were taken, and this crown will be shaped and coloured to match the patient’s natural teeth.
After the healing period, it will be necessary for the patient to attend another appointment, during which the temporary abutment will be removed and a permanent one put in its place. A crown will then be placed onto the abutment; this ensures that the crown has a solid base. It is recommended that the patient not chew on anything hard for about 2 weeks to allow the new tooth to settle.
The ability to eat as normal restored
Treatment with dental implants has helped thousands of patients return to being able to chew food well. They have also allowed patients to regain their confidence and smile, knowing that their teeth are radiant and beautiful.