The use of a dental implant typically raises a wrong mindset of it being a vain endeavor – something that holds no particularly useful benefits. While that predisposition lingers to some degree, the ever-growing use of this procedure to aid in familiar operations, such as crowns, has done a lot to shed some light on this very beneficial process.
The procedure consists of a set of titanium and other alloyed screws that serve as a ‘root’ along the gum line. Here, oral professionals can then affix several prostheses like artificial teeth and crowns to improve one’s bite and smile. The process is a rather simple one, and consists of careful planning through radiographs and the occasional CT scan. After the patient has had their nerves and bone structure mapped out, so to speak, a specific type of drill is used to insert the screws into the jaw bone. This drill is calibrated meticulously as a precaution to burning or other damage to the patient’s bone. The healing process is called osseointegration, where the body will naturally grow additional bone around the newly installed screws, holding them tightly in place.
It can seem like a dramatic move to achieve cosmetic or functional relief, but the benefits of this procedure are many. A dental implant can keep subsequent teeth from shifting into an otherwise open space. It will also keep the jaw bone from receding over time. This is an affordable way to keep one’s oral health intact and avoid having to use dentures if many teeth in the mouth are otherwise healthy.