Plastic Surgery

Dental implant surgery

What is the Dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts. During the procedure damaged or missing teeth are replaced with artificial teeth that look and function like real ones. Dental implant surgery can be treated as an alternative to dentures or bridgework that doesn't fit well.

What is the procedure?

Tooth implants can be used for patients who are missing one or more teeth. An implant, which is usually made from titanium, is surgically placed in an opening that is made by dentist in the jawbone.

After the implant integrates (attaches) to your bone, it acts as a new "root" for the crown that will be replacing your missing tooth. A crown, which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.

For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant.

The time frame for completing the implant and crown depends on many factors. When the traditional method of placing an implant is used, the shortest time frame for a complete implant (including surgeries and placing the permanent crown) is about 5 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. However, the process can last up to a year or more, particularly if bone needs to be built up first.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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