Even today, implants are among the greatest innovations in modern dentistry. They are the best solution for missing teeth. They provide a solid and lasting replacement tooth or teeth (crown, bridge or prosthesis). To take advantage of these high-quality replacements, the implant(s) must first be placed in a procedure that your Ottawa General Dentist Solutions dentist has mastered.
What is a dental implant?
The implant is a type of titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone during a highly precise operation. During the post-surgical healing period, the implant fuses with the bone, making it very strong. In a second surgery, an abutment is placed on the implant to serve as a base for a crown, bridge or prosthesis. Unlike other options (fixed bridge, traditional prosthesis), which are suspended or simply placed on the gum, implant-supported replacements replace all the parts of the tooth.
What is the procedure
for installing dental implants?
A few steps over several months are necessary to enjoy a quality replacement:
- Preparation: If the natural tooth or teeth are still present, they are removed. Otherwise, scans are taken to ensure that the bone is suitable for implants. If it is not, a bone graft may be performed first. We also plan all the details of the surgery.
- Implantation: During this surgery, performed under local anesthesia, your Ottawa dentist makes an incision in the gum to create enough space within the bone to place the implant(s). He then closes the gum tissue with stitches.
- Osseointegration: in the months that follow, the operated site heals and the titanium screw(s) fuse with the bone.
- The abutment: during a second procedure, the gum is reopened and an abutment is placed on each implant before suturing the site.
- The restoration: the crown, bridge or prosthesis is first made, adjusted and then fixed on the abutment(s).
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