Let’s begin this brief introduction with the actual implant. Dental practitioners directly involved in or associated with implant dentistry in Muncie may well be inclined to refer to clinical or medical terms such as ‘an endosseous’ which is therefore the equivalent term for the dental implant. In layman’s terms it could also be referred to as a fixture or surgical component. It is required to ‘interface’ with the bone of the patient’s jaw.
The interface is also used for the patient’s skull. One way or another, it is required to support the incoming dental prosthesis. To the layman, this will be generally known as the bridge, crown or denture, as the case may be. Another clinical reference is that of a facial prosthesis. The incoming implant acts as the orthodontic anchor. All of which said so far serves to initiate the biological process referred to as osseointegration.
A preferred material being used is that of titanium. It is deemed to be most effective in helping to form an intimate bond to the patient’s bone. The implant fixture does first need to be placed so that it can osseointegrate. After that a dental prosthetic can be added. Thereafter, required healing times may vary. Once the prescribed healing time has been completed, the dental prosthetic can then be added.
And the fixed implant will then be holding the dental prosthetic in place. Success and/or failure rates could still be influenced by external factors. Such is the case when patients are utilising drugs or prescribed medications for underlying conditions. These factors will have an influence on the required process of osseointegration. It could also have a lasting effect on the health of all other tissues within the mouth.
That then was your brief introduction to implant dentistry.