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Why Does the Procedure for Dental Implants Take Longer to Complete?


Dental Implants Take Longer, but Can Be a Longer-Term Solution

When considering different methods of tooth replacement it might seem as if dental implants in Richmond take a long time to complete in comparison with alternative solutions, and this might put some people off. It is important to understand that the procedure for placing dental implants is much more complex, utilising a far greater number of techniques to complete the procedure. Although it takes longer to reach the point where the final restoration will be placed, it is also a longer term solution. You can expect properly planned and well cared for dental implants to last many years or hopefully for your entire lifetime. In comparison the alternative methods of tooth replacement have a limited shelf life, and are likely to need replacing every ten years or even more frequently.


Careful Planning Ensures Excellent Results


The actual planning for a dental implant in Richmond can take quite a while as you’ll need to have CT scans and dental x-rays and impressions taken of your mouth, and your dentist might need to order additional components prior to surgery such as a surgical guide that has to be custom made. The procedure doesn’t take very long, but afterwards the implants need to be left to heal or Osseo integrate with the rest of the jawbone.


Osseo integration is an extremely important part of the process and helps ensure there is sufficient support for the implant crown, bridge or denture. The implant post is made from titanium as this is a very nonreactive metal, and the surface is specially treated to encourage the growth of new bone cells. This might mean the surface is slightly roughened to increase the overall surface area, or it might be chemically treated to improve the rate of Osseo integration. It can take between three and six months for the titanium post to fully integrate with the jawbone and is part of the process cannot be rushed. Once your dentist in Richmond is satisfied there is a strong bond between the post and the jawbone then the next part of the process can be carried out.

This is where the abutment is attached to the post. The abutment is used to support the final restoration and protrudes slightly above the gum line almost like a tiny, stubby tooth. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth, including details of the abutment and these are sent to a dental laboratory for the final restoration to be constructed. The making of the implant crown is quite specialised as it has to be extremely precise to ensure it gives good tight fit, and that it gives good aesthetic results. This process is likely to take at least two weeks, depending on whether or not the dental laboratory has to order any additional components. Once the restoration is ready it will be returned to your dentist for the final fitting and adjustments. It’s then either cemented or screwed into position.

Most implant crowns and bridges are cemented onto the abutment but sometimes your dentist might choose to make a screw retained crown or bridge. The reason for this is that it’s very easy to retrieve the restoration simply by unscrewing it should anything need to be replaced. The screw holes are covered up with tooth coloured composite resin so there’s no need to worry that it will look unnatural.

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