Titanium implants are the most widely used dental implants; it has been scientifically proven that titanium does not react with bone tissues and therefore there will be no chances of rejection by body tissues. Up to now, dental implants are the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth, unlike removable dentures that rest on the gum line or fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that restore the teeth functions and last for a lifetime. Moreover, they do not require any special oral care; general oral hygiene is enough to maintain dental teeth implants.
During the first appointment when the dentist does the consultation in liaison with the patient, the dentist should evaluate the status of teeth and gums, if there are any signs of gum disease or decay, it must first be treated. The dentist will also carry out x-rays and CT-scans to assess the quality of your bone and gum tissues. The evaluation should enable the dentist to come up with a treatment plan that will best suit the patient’s needs.
The gum where the implant is to be placed is cut and lifted and a small hole is drilled in the jawbone at the precise location of the intended implant, this is done under local anesthesia to make it painless. The titanium implant is tightly fitted into this socket and the gum is stitched back over the implant. If there is insufficient bone material to accommodate the implant, a bone graft may be required; this is an additional surgery to increase the bone tissues in the gum to the required standards.
After the titanium implants teeth have been put in place, it is left to heal for a period of between six weeks to six months during which the bone tissue will grow and anchor itself into the microscopic rough surface of the implants. After the healing period, the gum is again lifted and a post is attached to the implant with a temporary crown. When the surrounding gum tissue has matured the final permanent restoration can be fitted to the implant, this is done six weeks after the crown has been placed.
Titanium implants have replaced fixed bridges and removable dentures which were not perfect options as they came along with a lot of problems such as recurrent decay and gum diseases. Thanks to the new advancements, one can now comfortably eat, speak clearly and restore that beautiful gorgeous smile.