Crown: This is the part that shows above the gum.
Abutment: This is the connector between the implant and the crown. It screws inside the implant post and holds the prosthesis or crown in place.
Implant: This is a titanium post that is placed into the jaw. It simulates a natural tooth root, so it also helps prevent bone restoration.
Single-tooth replacement- An implant can replace a single tooth and help keep the jaw healthy by continuous stimulation similar to that of a natural tooth root.
Implant-supported bridge- To replace multiple teeth in a standard bridge, the supporting teeth is reduced to hold the bridge. Implants can provide more strength without harming the healthy teeth.
Full-arch replacement- In some cases, an entire arch of teeth may need to be replaced. Many people choose dentures as a more affordable choice, but they can become loose and wear down the remaining jaw bone.
Who need them?
Average number of remaining teeth in adults age 35-49 is 25.0 teeth.
Average number of remaining teeth in adults age 50-64 is 22.3 teeth.
Average number of remaining teeth in adults age 65 and older is 18.9 teeth.
Note- 178 million people in US are missing at least one tooth, according to the American college of Prosthodontics.
Treatment timeline: The timeline for getting dental implants varies from patient to patient. It depends on the extent of the work that needs to be done and the condition of bone into which the implant will be placed. Implant treatment can take from as few as two appointments up to 12-18 months for extensive treatment.
Initial consultation- During this stage, the patient meets with the dentist to create a personalized treatment plan. The dentist will gather information by taking CT scans and/or digital x-rays.
Pre-surgery phase- At this point, the doctor will check the patient’s medical history to make sure they are fit to go through the surgery if a large bone graft is necessary, it may be done before the implants surgery. Also, temporary replacement teeth are made during this time.
Surgery/Implant placement- The dentist or oral surgeon will place the implants into the jaw. Temporary crowns for single-tooth replacement implants are also placed during the procedure; for more extensive implants, temporary dentures can be placed and must be worn until the implants heal.
Post-operative visits- After the surgery, the restorative dentist will follow up with the patient to remove sutures (typically two weeks after the surgery) and to check the health of the implants (typically two months after surgery).
Restorative phase- Once the implants have healed, they are uncovered so the restorative dentists can impression for the final crowns or denture. The final teeth are delivered and cemented 4-8 weeks after i9mplants have healed.
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