Dental implants in Annapolis are a procedure whereby the dentist replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth that have a similar appearance and function. The procedure is often done as an alternative to dentures, which have the tendency to be uncomfortable and often are poor fitting.
In the performance of the procedure, it all depends on the implant and the condition of the site, the jawbone. There are a number of steps required to complete the restoration of a “third” tooth. The first stage is to prepare the jaw bone for the insertion of the implant, which is made from titanium. Once the insert is in place the healing process can take a few months. The bone must integrate with the titanium insert; literally becoming one with the jaw bone.
The next step in successful dental implants Annapolis is the attachment of a crown to the implant, which by now is solid with the jaw. The crown is formed to have the same appearance of a natural tooth, including color. The dentist has a color chart which allows an identical color match to be achieved. When finished there is no appreciable difference between the implant and the natural tooth that it replaces.
Jaw bone augmentation:
At times, to have successful dental implants in Annapolis, the jaw bone may have to be augmented. If, as a result of disease or trauma the jaw bone is not healthy and will not support the introduction of the titanium insert, bone or bonelike material has to be grafted to the jaw. The graft material can be harvested from the patient or can be purchased off a cadaver. The fusing of the grafted bone to the jaw takes several months; many dentists want to wait upwards of nine months for the complete procedure to stabilize. The dentist is the definite expert when it comes to determining if the transplant will be harvested or purchased. A graft from your own bone actually transplants bone cells or a bone block that naturally fuses whereas an off-the-shelf purchase causes cells around the graft to change into bone. Either way, the jaw bone can be augmented to provide a sure base for the introduction of the insert and subsequent bonding.
Regardless of whether the jaw bone is ideal for implant or not, augmentation must first take place, the actual implantation can then proceed. To place the titanium implant, once the jawbone has been exposed, a cavity is made in the bone in a precise location. Once the insert is placed in position, the incision is closed and grafting begins to happen. At the conclusion of this period, the implant is again exposed, and a collar is fastened to the implant; the collar, or abatement is that device which is used to support the crown. At this time, the crown can be attached, and the procedure can be considered complete.