Dental implant is Titanium screws that replace the roots of a missing or damaged tooth, which in its turn is inserted into a prepared bony socket in the jaw and can be used to replace a single, several or all teeth. We will discuss more on this topic with Dr. Hussain, Founder and specialist Prosthodontist and Oral Implantologist at Oris Dental Center in Dubai, UAE.
Dr. Hussain explains the process of the initial consultation visit, in which the restorative dentist decides the type of dental implant that best suits the patient’s needs and request some additional x-rays to determine the precise measurements.
During the second visit – after applying local anesthesia – the damaged tooth will be removed, and the titanium implant post is inserted into the jawbone. The patient must follow up with the dentist seven days after the implant.
During the healing process -between 6 – 12 weeks- the implant will be Osseointegrated into the natural jawbone so that the bone will grow and form a solid lasting foundation for teeth replacement. Once the implant is integrated into the jawbone, a small extension called the abutment is placed over the dental implant above the gum line and an impression is taken to create the patient’s custom crown, bridge or denture.
Dr. Hussain states that dental implants have important advantages compared to bridges and dentures. It is safe because the prosthesis is attached to the bone, and not to other teeth. Also, Implants function in the same way as natural teeth in look and sense and prevent bone loss by retaining function of the bone, plus it helps in preserving a good teeth and face appearance with chewing sensation similar to that of a natural tooth.
Also, the dental implant can be used to give removable dentures a firm grip, and there is no need to use special glues to hold the false teeth in place. Additionally, studies have proved that implants can last up to 25 years and more if kept healthy and clean.
Dr. Hussain recommends dental implants to any patient whose goal is to restore the appearance of the teeth after the loss of one or more teeth. However, he said it is preferable if patients are over 18 years old to ensure that the bone tissue is fully developed, as there is no upper age limit to place it.
He also said: “your restorative dentist must make sure that your oral hygiene is in a healthy condition before treatment, because the long-term success of implants depends on a good plaque control”.
Like any surgery, dental implant has some health risks. However, most risks can be prevented and are easily treated.
It is recommended that all implant patients follow a healthy and proper dental hygiene routine to prevent any implant complication. It is important to brush, floss, and visit the dentist frequently every 6 months to perform regular checkups, cleanings and early diagnosis of gum inflammation around the implant, and avoid smoking. Dental implants can provide back a strong and healthy set of teeth.