What Should the Patient Know of Dental Implant

One of the fastest growing treatments in dentistry today is implant therapy. The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium form an intimate bond to bone. The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added( dental implant model ).

One of the most crucial elements for patients who are considering dental implants is the restorative team.  As a patient, it will be important that you have confidence in your dentist and/or specialist.  You should use a dentist that you trust and that has demonstrated competence in implant dentistry. Additionally, you should know that there are other important people involved as part of your treatment including a dental laboratory and a dental technician.

For individual tooth replacement, an implant abutment is first secured to the implant with an abutment screw. A crown (the dental prosthesis) is then connected to the abutment with dental cement, a small screw, or fused with the abutment as one piece during fabrication. Dental implants, in the same way, can also be used to retain a multiple tooth dental prosthesis either in the form of a fixed bridge or removable dentures.

A removable implant supported denture (also an implant supported overdenture is a type of dental prosthesis which is not permanently fixed in place. The dental prosthesis can be disconnected from the implant abutments with finger pressure by the wearer. To enable this, the abutment is shaped as a small connector (a button, ball, bar or magnet) which can be connected to analogous adapters in the underside of the dental prosthesis.

Dental practitioners are reporting high success rates, and many dentists are gaining the knowledge and experience to integrate implants into their dental practice successfully. It is important for patients to know that an evaluation for the replacement of most missing teeth should include an implant site and cost evaluation.

Dental Laboratories and dental technicians( dental laboratory equipment ) often work behind the scene with the dentist and/or the specialist and are an integral part of the treatment process for patients. A thorough understanding of patients’ anatomical limitations during treatment planning is essential, as is recommending and implementing the appropriate impression/transfer techniques, abutment design, and restoration design.