Once you learn about dental implants, you realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. It is important for the dental implant patient to carefully research the topic and become an educated dental consumer.
A dental implant is an artificial root for a tooth that is surgically placed in to the jawbone to secure a replacement tooth, bridges or dentures. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost one or more teeth. Dental implants are currently the best treatment option for a lost tooth. Dental implant patients require a healthy bone structure and healthy gums.
Dental implant consist 3 separate parts:
A small titanium screw is surgically inserted into your jawbone. Titanium is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone – the process known as Osseo-integration. Some implants are also micro-roughened, which enhances the process. The gum is then secured over the implant, which will remain covered until it fuses with the bone.
Once the implant has fused with the bone, an abutment is screwed into place. An abutment is the ceramic or titanium component that ensures a secure fit between the dental implant and the crown.
Healing times for implants vary depending on the quality of the patient’s bone. In some cases dentists can immediately load implants (place a crown) either the same day or shortly after they have been placed, however in others it may take a healing period of two to four months before the prosthetic restoration can take placed.
The crown is the visible part of the implant system, a ceramic or metal/ceramic prosthetic tooth which is bonded to the abutment and functions as a normal tooth. the crown can be made in a variety of different materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
At Roomchang we offer crowns in all ceramic E-max, porcelain fused to metal, or zirconium.
Types of Dental Implants
There are many types of implants, and the prices and quality vary widely. An important factor to take into account when choosing an implant is stability. Many cheaper implant systems do not fuse well with the bone and can cause serious problem in the future. If there is any Micro-movement between the implant and the bone it will cause bone and gum decay. This is why we only use Ankylos implants which are well renowned for eliminating this problem.
Developed in Germany, the Ankylos® dental implant system has been a leading choice for patients and dentists for 30 years. Often copied but never equaled, Ankylos® features a number of revolutionary concepts such as SynCone® prosthetics, Friadent®plus micro-rough surface and SmartFix™ angled insertion concept.
Metal Ceramic Crown and Implant with Metal Abutment
E-Max Crown and Implant with Metal Abutment
E-Max Crown and Implant with Zirconium Abutment
Dental Implant Procedure
The implant procedure takes place in two phases, and the time between each varies in each case depending on the patients overall bone and gum health.
Getting an Implant
- 1st Appointment:
Check-up, Consultation and X-rays.(with healthy tissue, implant placement)
- 2nd Appointment:
Evaluation and removal of sutures 10 days post-op. At least 6 weeks for healing (Osseo-integration of implant)
- 3rd Appointment:
Impression for the implant’s crown
- 4th Appointment:
5-7 days later permanent cementing of crown
* An average time and costing for patient needing implants