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A dental implant is technically a small metal post that acts as an artificial root for a crown, or replacement tooth. The post is driven into the jawbone, where it fuses and functions the same way as a natural root. Dental implants are a perfect alternative to dentures, and they can be used on people who have lost teeth due to injuries or periodontal disease.
There are two types of dental implants:
Dental implant procedures usually run for several weeks in a three-part process, with time allotted between stages to allow for healing:
Dental implants should be kept free of plaque and bacteria using the same care practices for natural dentition. Poor care routines can lead to infection in the tissues, and may result in implant loss. While routine dental visits help maintain your implants, the best care should start with your regular cleaning regimen at home.
Here’s how to provide the best care for your dental implants:
The following extra steps are also essential when you have overdentures:
Dentists usually use local anesthesia to numb the mouth during dental implant surgery. Patients might feel a mild pain once the numbness wears off after the procedure. A few patients may experience relative discomfort during the recovery period, but this can be easily managed with analgesics. Many people who have undergone the procedure admit that the pain is less than they experienced after procedures such as tooth extraction.
Dental implant surgery is a relatively lengthy process. Often, a second appointment is necessary within two weeks of placing the implants, where the dentist inspects the healing process and checks for signs of infection. Another one will be required six weeks post-implant placement for a thorough evaluation. Patients are generally advised to schedule follow-up care every 4-6 months for oral hygiene checkups and inspection of the osseointegration process.
Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime. That depends, however, on your overall dental hygiene. They can last that long because of the strength and durability of the titanium embedded into the jawbone. The crown and its abutment might need replacement every 10 or 15 years, because they are always actively involved in chewing and biting food.
Chewing exerts a lot of pressure on your jawbone. An implant might fail if the jawbone isn’t thick enough, or if it’s too soft to support the implant. Grafting may be used to create a solid base for the implant transplanting a new bone material into the jawbone.
Dental implants almost never fail if the patient comes in for regular dental checkups every six months, and takes good care of their teeth. Poor dental practices and preexisting medical conditions like diabetes are usually the culprits when an implant fails. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, affecting the placement of implants.
Dental implants require deep integration into the gum and bone tissues, so dentists examine a few factors before qualifying you for an implant procedure. Usually, they will inspect your general and oral health to ensure that you’re in the best shape. You will also need:
A dental crown replaces the decayed part of the tooth while keeping the root in place. They’re usually less expensive than implants, but sometimes the cement holding the crown washes or wears away over time, necessitating frequent replacements. Dental implants are a much more reliable long-term solution, after which patients never experience heightened sensitivity post-treatment.
When considering a dental implant, it’s important to opt for the best care possible. Smile Design is a family-owned dental practice dedicated to offering personalized attention to our patients. We focus on building a strong bond with each patient, as it helps us understand your needs and offer the best solutions.
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