The definition of a dental implant is a post or screw which is fixed into the jawbone and acts as a permanent anchor. Crowns are used as replacements for missing or removed teeth and are securely fixed onto the implants. This type of replacement is important when it comes to substituting damaged or broken teeth which are visible when a person smiles or laughs, and more particularly to enable a person to eat, drink and talk without difficulty.
The main purpose for using the dental implant technique is to enable the patient to have teeth that not only look like regular teeth, but that work and feel like it too. A post, made of titanium, which is the most hypoallergenic material known to man is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This acts as the post or “anchor” from which the crown will be affixed. Once the post is implanted, there is a natural healing period, where the bone in your jaw heals and fuses with the post. This natural healing process creates a reliable and robust foundation for the crown/new tooth. Throughout the healing process you will need to attend multiple appointments so that your dentist is able to monitor the fusing or Osseointegration before any crown is attached to the post. With this procedure, denture implants for multiple teeth replacement may also be possible.
Due to the fusing of the bone and the anchor or post in your jaw, the crowns, bridges or dentures which are mounted onto the implants will not slip or move in your mouth. This is obviously an extremely important benefit to this technique, as it avoids unnecessary difficulties when eating or speaking. With such a secure fit, it ensures that any type of replacement teeth or dentures, will automatically feel more natural than the more conventional dentures or bridges.
THE FOLLOWING LIST ARE THE PATIENTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF IMPLANT TREATMENT:
1. Instructions for a soft diet and use of your denture through the healing phases of surgery must be followed.
2. Follow the oral hygiene instructions set out by your dental professional for the cleaning of the denture and implant posts.
3. Make regular appointments for examinations, as instructed by your dentist. An additional fee for this service will be applied.
4. DO NOT abuse the prosthesis, exercise caution.
5. If you notice any problems, consult with your dental professional immediately.