Dental Implant Surgery

What is dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure used in prosthetic dentistry to fix artificial teeth on patients. Dental implants, the term for the artificial tooth root replacement, are used to replace missing teeth.

Among the several types of dental implants being used, it is the osseointegrated dental implant which proves to be the most widely accepted today. This type of dental implant, usually made out of titanium, allows the bone to grow around the rough surface of the implant incorporating both the implant and the bone together.

Dental implant surgery is a good option for people who might have gaps in between their teeth that may need to be filled up with a dental implant. Tooth loss should not be something to worry about since there are now options such as dental implant surgery to address such problems.

Dental implants are different to artificial replacement teeth. The dental implants are actually the metal attachment that is implanted surgically in the jawbone and serves as the root for the missing teeth. 

Another extension is then attached to this implant and from which an artificial tooth can be attached firmly. It is possible to attach one or several implants on a patient to provide for the missing teeth.

How long it take?

Dental implant surgery can take months to finish. This is because the surgery is done in certain stages. The first procedure will try to attach the dental implant into a patient’s jawbone.

After the procedure, the patient is then made to sit out for recuperation from the surgery for a few months. This also allows the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone to make it into a fixed base for the next procedure.

After healing, the extension, or abutment, is then placed into the metal implant and then is followed by a shorter healing period. The final procedure then aims to fix the artificial tooth, also called the implant prosthesis or crown, into the abutment.

What can you expect during dental implant surgery?

But there are times when a patient’s jawbone may not be thick enough or may be too soft to hold the dental implant in place. For this, the doctors may need to perform bone grafting before doing the initial procedure. A bone graft may help provide a more solid base for the implant.

This procedure is done by removing a bone from another part of the body (usually the hip) and then transplanted into the jaw bone. The transplanted bone is then made to grow for several months in order to provide a stronger base for the dental implant.

How is dental implant surgery done?

Dental implant surgery is usually done on an out-patient basis in a hospital or a dental clinic. There is no need for a patient to stay at the hospital overnight to recuperate. The patient is still given a dose of anesthesia for pain control during the procedure.

Options include applying only local anesthesia as well as general anesthesia or sedation. It is important to talk to a dental professional specializing in dental implant surgery and weigh out the options and what will work best.

When dental implant surgery doesn’t work

In some cases, dental implants don’t work. Usually that happens when the bone fails to fuse sufficiently to the metal implant cylinder. In this case, the implant is removed, the bone is cleaned up, and you can try the procedure again in a month or two.

In addition, the implant may become loose. If this happens, the implant can be removed and replaced with a new one.