What Is An Implant?
Implants are manufactured “anchors” that look like cylinders or screws. They are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. Implants are used in upper and lower jaws. They are made of titanium and other materials that are well-suited to the human body. They attach to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial replacement teeth, called dental crowns.
Dental implants have been used for several decades. Patients of all ages have chosen dental implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth or to support partial or full dentures. It’s no surprise. Dental implants and their crowns help restore the ability to chew food. They help fill out a face that otherwise could look sunken because of missing teeth. Unlike dentures, implants and crowns are not removed for overnight soaking and cleaning. No adhesives are needed.
The Implant Process
• In the first step, Dr. Krasowski surgically places the implant in the jaw, with the top of the implant sligtly above the top of the bone. A screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris form entering.The gum then is secured over the implant. The implant will remain covered for approximately three to six months while it fuses with the bone, a process called “osseointegration.” There may be some swelling, tenderness or both for a few days after the surgery, so pain medication usually is prescribed to alleviate the discomfort. A diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup often is recommended during the healing process.
• In the second step, the implant is uncovered and the Dr. Krasowski attaches an extension, called a post, to the implant. The gum tissue is allowed to heal around the post. Some implants required a second surgical procedure in which a post is attached to connect the replacement teeth. With other implants, the implant and post are a single unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery. Once healed, the implant and post can serve as the foundation for the new tooth.
• In the third and final step, Dr. Krasowski makes a crown, which has a size, share, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post.