Now it is time to secure the dental implant. The dental implant placement is a precise process of getting it secured but also not overloading the surrounding bone and causing long-lasting problems. The final step in the process of getting dental implants is to close up the incision made in the first step. This is to help the gums heal and create a thick healthy band of tissue around the implant during the healing.
There are four different dental implant methods available. The first is the Single Dental Implant. In cases where just a single tooth is missing, the single dental implant option replicates the natural tooth. This method can offer several benefits such as preserving the integrity of the adjacent teeth and preventing bone loss where a tooth has been lost.
The Single Lower Denture option secures a lower denture with dental implants giving you natural-looking teeth secured in a supportive base. This method can be used to replace a small group of teeth, an entire upper arch, an entire lower arch or both upper and lower arches.
A Secure Upper Denture secures your existing upper denture with dental implants. You’ll gain the same confidence in having natural teeth without the worry of loose dentures.
Finally, All on 4 Dental Implants. This method refers to “all” of the teeth in either the upper for lower jaw being supported by dental implants. This method is considered a permanent solution and will last upwards of 20 years with proper care.
Osseointegration is important in the healing process. It is when the metal material of the dental implant and the bone surrounding the implant make a bond. Research suggests that the initial stability of the dental implant in the bone is more important than recovery time. The recovery time will differ depending on the person receiving the dental implants. The density of the bone where the dental implants are placed play into the recovery time as well.
The aftercare for dental implants is similar to your everyday oral hygiene. Although, when using dental floss, you need to keep in mind that there is a more precarious blood supply to the gums and use caution as to not be too rough. The crown should be expected to need maintenance or repairs roughly every ten years. Some things that can affect that timeline is the position of the person’s mouth, the force from the surrounding teeth, and the restoration material used. Dentures used with dental implants will need to be looked at more frequently. Depending on the type of attachment you could be looking at the dentures needing to be changed or refreshed every one to two years.