Dental implants have become the preferred choice for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Once successfully placed and healed, dental implants have proven that they can provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional result as close to natural teeth as possible.
A dental implant is made of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. Titanium has been shown to be completely safe in the body, while providing stability wherever it’s used. In dentistry, a dental implant actually has two components – the implant screw and an abutment. The dental crown, bridge or denture will attach to the abutment.
Many dental implant procedures performed in the dental office are done under local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and even general anesthetic may be recommended in some cases where more than one implant is being placed. A local anesthesia will still be used directly around the intended implant sites.
There are two methods of dental implantation. Your dentist or dental specialist will help you choose the method that will provide the best result. The first method is the “staged surgery” and is widely practiced by most of the dental surgeons for dental implants. The second method is a single-stage surgery
The first stage consists of surgically screwing the implant into the bone and then is allowed to heal. This process is called osseointegration. In the second stage, the dentist will check to make sure that the implant is successfully integrated and then connects the abutment or post to the implant. After placing the abutment, the gum is allowed to heal and a collar is formed around the abutment that would give the dentist an access to the implant. In the final stage, the dentist places the crown, bridge or denture.
The one-stage or single-stage surgery is when the dentist places both the implant and a healing abutment at the same time. The abutment will protrude through the gum while the bone is healing around the implant. Once the bone and gum are healed, the final abutment is connected to the implant, and the crown, bridge or denture placed.
With proper and skilled surgical placement and after care, the success rate for dental implants is consistently between 95 and 98%. Successfully integrated dental implants can have a lifespan of 30 years or more.
If you would like to find out if implant placement might be a good option to replace any missing teeth, call Avatar Dental Care for a consultation at (571) 577-8457. You can also stop by our dental office in Leesburg, VA.