Phoenix dental implants surgery involves screws, replacing tooth roots with metal, and replacing missing or damaged teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like real ones.
The surgical procedure of a dental implant depends upon the type of implant and the jawbone condition. The primary benefit of a dental implant is solid support for the new teeth, as the jaw bone grows tightly around the new teeth and makes them strong.
The procedure of dental implant surgery.
- Placing the dental implant:
A dental post serving as a tooth root has to be implanted deep into the jaw bone. To implant this post, the dentist cuts the gums, exposes the jawbones, drills holes into the bone, and places the dental post.
At this point of the procedure, the patient still has a gap in the missing tooth area. A partial or temporary denture can be used to improve the appearance. The denture can be removed later while sleeping or for cleaning.
- Waiting for bone growth:
As the dental post is implanted into the jaw bone, the jaw bone grows around the implant. The jaw bone grows and unites with the surface of the dental implant. This part of the treatment takes several months, as the bone and the implant form a solid base for the new teeth to be placed. A complete recovery is required before proceeding to the next step.
- Placing the Abutment:
Once the bone has healed completely, an abutment is placed over the implant, and above this abutment, the crown attaches. To place the abutment, the dentist slices the gums to expose the implant and places the abutment over the implant, and closes the gums around, but not over the abutment.
After the abutment placement, a recovery period of 2-3 weeks is required before the dentist can place the artificial tooth.
- Placing the crown:
Once the gums have healed completely, the crown(realistic-looking artificial tooth) is placed over the abutment. This procedure step cannot be completed if the jawbone is not strong enough to support the new tooth.
After the procedure, patients observe swelling in the gums and the face, pain at the implant site, and minor bleeding. However, these symptoms are temporary and subside in a few days. But, if the symptoms do not fade away in a few days, then you may contact your dentist immediately.
Dental implant surgery is minimally invasive and is a one-time procedure. Once you have completed your dental implant, you need not worry about the rest. However, it is suggested to take advice from an experienced surgeon before opting for the procedure.