What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. This dental procedure requires surgery with top-notch technical experience and cosmetic dental practice. Considered as a specialization in the dental field, dental surgeons who can perform such procedures successfully, are in high demand in the GTA. One such highly sought after dentist is Dr. Adam Chapnick. He has received much praise for his skill and precision throughout the Toronto area. Dr. Chapnick has carried out many successful dental surgeries, including implants.
The procedure requires the implant to be embedded in the jaw. The metallic and bone-like ceramic materials of the implant are fused with the bone for some time to form an extension of the jawbone to receive a dental prosthetic. The advantage of using dental implants is that they are permanent and stable and do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. Dental implants are a good replacement for tooth loss because they look and feel like normal teeth.
Who is a candidate for dental implant?
Before undergoing any dental implant, patients should consult with their dentist. That’s because the patient is expected to have a good overall dental health. Below are some of the factors that can be used to determine whether a patient is a good candidate:
This a very complex procedure, therefore, dentists must ensure their patients meet all necessary criteria. Naturally, incorporating any foreign material into the body has a high failure rate. Therefore, it is the work of a dentist to determine a good candidate to ensure the best chance of successful dental implant that will not be rejected.
The normal dental implant requires 5 main steps that a dentist should follow. Assuming that the dentist has made molds of the patient’s bite pattern, denture or bridge. The patient can expect:
Firstly, the patient has to be thoroughly anesthetized. Afterward, the dentist makes a deep incision along the edge of the gum, right above the jawbone. The dentist then pulls back the split tissue to expose the bone underneath. The dentist and patient should consider the location of the incision. The proper location will enable the gum tissue to easily wrap the implant or cover it completely.
This process requires an experienced and a highly skilled dentist who will use a high-speed drill to make a hole in the bone. Burning or damaging the bone could result in some of the delicate tissue being destroyed.
The dentist will drill the pilot hole again but this time, with a much slower speed drill with various progressively larger drill bits. Drilling will continue until the dentist achieves the optimal size for the implant. The dentist should be careful during this process to maintain a low temperature during drilling to avoid cell and nerve damage.
The dentist is required to carefully screw the implant into the cavity using a special pressure-sensitive wrench designed to prevent the screw from over-tightening or causing unnecessary stress to the adjacent tissue and bone.
After the placement of the implant into the bone, the split tissue is now brought back together in a way that either allows for the tip of the dental implant to show or can be completely covered depending on the type of prosthesis chosen.
Type of the prosthetics
Once the dentist has successfully placed an implant in the patient’s mouth, he or she must decide on the type of prosthesis to be attached to the abutment. Dr. Adam Chapnick and his professional team located in the Toronto area have many years of experience attaching crowns, dentures, and fixing bridges to abutments.
The recovery process can take several weeks or months depending on the patient. Dr. Chapnik and his team will ensure the dental implant is embedded properly in the initial implantation and not rejected by the body so as to achieve primary implant stability to allow them to proceed with installing the prosthetic tooth, denture or bridge.
Some of the signs that a dental implant has achieved stability include lack of: