Different Stages in Dental Implant Procedure

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Dental implants are a great dental restoration solution to bring back your beautiful smile and the confidence that went with it. In this blog, we will explain the different stages involved while getting one or multiple dental implants.

  1. Initial Consultation

The process starts with an initial consultation from a qualified dental consultant. The appointment involves a detailed exam of the mouth such as X-ray and teeth impressions. Once the examinations and tests are complete, the dentist will prescribe the recommended treatment by referring to a dental implant surgeon.

  1. Bone Grafting

If your jaw bone has been subject to deterioration due to the prolonged absence of tooth, you will need a bone graft. A bone graft is performed to secure a favorable volume for the titanium post to properly screw in and fuse with the bone. During surgery, graft material is filled in to build mass for the bone and takes around 4-12 months to properly heal for the implant procedure.

  1. Placing the Implant

The implant is composed of 3 components the titanium/zirconium post that loads into the jawbone, the abutment that connects the implant with the crown, and the crown which acts as a prosthetic tooth. The dental surgeon administers anesthesia on the patient for 1-2 hours to safely drill into the implant site and insert the titanium post in the bone. The healing process takes around 5 months on the lower jaw and 7 months on the upper jaw before the patient is ready for the next stage.

  1. Putting Healing Collar

After the healing is complete, the dental surgeon will schedule another appointment to get a healing collar. The collar helps the gum tissue of the surgical site to close in and heal correctly, keeping it away from the implant. The collar cap will remain on the site for approximately 10-14 days before it is removed to allow the abutment to fit in.

  1. Attaching the Abutment

The next phase is placing the abutment to hold the ceramic crown tightly. Setting the abutment does not involve any special surgery and is often easily screwed in once the healing cap is removed. Once the abutment is placed, the dental surgeon will take another impression for replacement of the tooth. Depending on the procedure and the prosthesis, your temporary crown will be attached to the abutment for approximately 6 weeks, allowing the permanent crown to be made in the meantime.

  1. Installing the Crown

In the final stage of the procedure, the crown is placed onto the abutment. Depending on the procedure, the crown can either be screwed into the abutment or cemented with it. For aesthetic perfection, surgeons often recommend cementing it as it looks natural and no holes are visible from any angles.

Removable Crown

A removable crown can be detached from the abutment which allows it to be cleaned. The bottom of the crown is usually laced with pink plastic to blend in with the gum tissue.

Fixed Crown

A fixed crown is screwed into the abutment or cemented permanently. The crown cannot be removed and offers more stability and strength compared to the removable crown.

Visit Our Clinic

Getting a dental implant that functions and looks like a natural tooth requires professional consultation and special surgical expertise from a qualified and experienced dental surgeon. At Dr. Thomas’s clinic, we provide professional dental care with World’s finest high-end equipment in a friendly and comforting environment. Dr. Thomas personally treats every patient from consultation to the final stage. To learn more about dental implants, book appointment at +971 44525751.

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

What Are Dental Implants?

 Missing teeth not only affect the person’s confidence when smiling but also cause pain and discomfort to the neighboring structures when eating food. With recent leaps in technology, Dental implants have emerged as the fastest and the most natural looking solution for the replacement of missing teeth. The implant comprises of 3 components, the crown, the abutment, and the titanium implant. The titanium implant is loaded into the jawbone where it fuses with the bone and functions as a firm foundation for the crown. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants are permanently embedded into the jawbone and are not removable.

Advantages of Dental Implants

 Dental implants have many advantages over other traditional teeth replacement techniques.

Prevents Jawbone from Shrinking

After tooth loss, the body starts to reabsorb nutrients from the surrounding area of the missing tooth. Once the implant is screwed in, the titanium post fuses with the jawbone and stops the reabsorption of nutrients by a process known as osseointegration. Jawbone degeneration can cause shifting of the placement of teeth and create further complications. As dentures and dental bridges have no anchoring support, jawbone degeneration is often observed over the course of time.

Strength

Traditional techniques such as dentures and dental bridges solely rely on the surrounding teeth for support and lack stability to give an optimum mechanical performance when eating food. Since Dental implants are strongly anchored to the bone, the person can eat and chew almost all types of food without worrying about slipping, controlling pressure or any distasteful adhesives.

A More Natural Look

Dental implants are almost impossible to distinguish from natural teeth as they blend in perfectly with the surrounding teeth. They also have more aesthetically pleasing results that dentures and bridges.

Durable and Long Lasting

All components of the dental implant are made from high-grade materials. The crown is made from porcelain, and the post is made from either titanium or zirconium which can last for more than a lifetime.

Oral Health 

Unlike dental bridges where the surrounding teeth are reduced for support, dental implants do not need modification on the surrounding teeth.  Dental implants,

  1. Prevent the bone from disintegrating and preserve the structural integrity of the jaw.
  2. Prevent the surrounding gum from eroding
  3. Significantly reduce the risk of any gum disease.
  4. Require no special apparatus for cleaning

Speech

Dentures often slip due to lack of support which causes slur in speech. Since dental implants are firmly anchored to the jaw bone, they function like normal teeth and do not cause any hindrance while practicing speech. 

Multiple Tooth Implants

For those patients with multiple missing teeth, dental implants can be strategically used to form bridges for adjoining missing teeth. Since dental implants permanently bond with the bone, they can hold multiple teeth without affecting their mechanical efficiency. Using a single implant for multiple also helps save on cost.

Are Dental Implants the Right Option?

Dental implants in Dubai are available in a variety of forms. With the latest intervention from technology, a dental implant can be loaded in only a day’s time. With a high success rate and numerous advantages, dental implants are the best option for replacing your missing teeth.