Dental implants were first invented in sweden around the middle of the last century. Over the years they have been continuously modified and improved, and today they have become a very popular and effective tooth replacement solution for both patients and dentists alike.
When a person loses one or more of their teeth, tooth replacement becomes a very serious and important issue. In the past, dental bridges and removable partial or complete dentures were the only treatment options available. With the arrival of dental implants, there are now new fixed, permanent and very effective alternatives: implant supported crowns, implant supported bridges and implant supported dentures. The role or function of all three types of treatments is to permanently replace a missing tooth (teeth) with artificial prosthetic teeth without involving any healthy natural teeth in the process.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
Dental implant treatment in Orleans has basically two separate phases: phase I involves dental implant placement and phase II involves dental implant restoration.
DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT
Dental implants closely resemble very small titanium screws. Their function is to replace natural dental roots and as such, hold the prosthetic replacement teeth firmly in place. The procedure itself involves a surgical placement of an implant into the jaw bone in the area where the tooth is missing. The bone will gradually start growing around the implant (process called osseointegration) and this will keep the implant firmly embedded in the jaw. Such healing process takes about 3 to 6 months and once completed, the implant(s) can be restored with appropriate dental prosthesis. (Implant supported crown, bridge or denture.)
DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATION
If surgical placement is properly executed, the restoration process is relatively quick and simple. First, the protective healing abutment is removed from each implant, and then an appropriate restorative prosthesis is simply screwed on. (Implant supported crown, bridge or denture.) With proper oral hygiene and regular professional supervision and maintenance, your implant supported restorations will look, feel and function like your natural teeth for a very, very long time.