What are dental implants and why are they used?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
How is a dental implant done?
- ENDOSTEAL IMPLANTS
- Incisions are made on the gum to expose the area of the jawbone and holes are placed in the bone to receive the implants
- The implant is placed in the hole and the gums are sutured.
- Incisions are made to expose the implant fixtures
- If sufficient bone has grown in and around the implant creating a strong structural support, abutments are attached to the implant fixtures
- The dentist will make impressions of the mouth, and bite registrations to make artificial teeth which are attached to the abutments. They maybe removable, fixed or a combination of both.
- SUBPERIOSTEAL IMPLANTS
- A custom made implant is created in the dental lab by taking impressions of the jawbone either by
- Taking it directly by exposing the jawbone or
- Using a ct scan to create a model of the jawbone
- The custom made implant is place on the jaw and the incisions are sutured
- Replacement teeth are installed in place
Dr. Zainal Hamid
MBBS, FRCP, MRCP (UK)