Dental implants are changing people’s lifestyles. It has become a popular way to provide a secure and robust anchor for artificial replacement teeth. With dental implants, you can smile confidently, and also enjoy all your favorite foods. It acts just like natural teeth with no need for any other hygiene products, just regular brushing and flossing is sufficient.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is positioned surgically into the jawbone under the gumline, which lets the dentist mount alternate teeth or bridge into that area. You don’t have to be shy about that gap in your teeth anymore.
How does this implant work?
Titanium is used in dental implants because it effortlessly fuses with the bone. So, over time, the implants will bond with the bone gradually, creating a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth. The small posts are attached to the implants, and artificial teeth are placed over the posts.
How is it done?
The same day dental implants can be done depending on the health of the bone during extraction visit. Other than that, for dental implants, you have to go through two phases. One is the Surgical phase, and the other is the Prosthetic phase.
1. Surgical phase, Dental Implant Placement
During this phase, an artificial titanium root is placed in the jawbone. It replaces the root of the missing tooth, fusing with the bone in a process called “osseointegration. Unfortunately, if your jaw has insufficient bone to support the implant, a bone graft will be used as a supplement.
2. Restorative phase, Dental Implant Prosthesis Placement
During this phase, the implant abutment is placed on the implant, and a 3D scan is conducted. Custom implant crown, denture, or bridge are fabricated in the lab according to the data collected after scanning. Then the final prosthesis is inserted and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
What are the ways to close the gap while the implant is healing?
There are several options for a temporary missing tooth replacement, such as removable flippers or a bonded fake tooth that can be used. In case you have multiple teeth replacement, removable dentures can be used as well.
How long do the implants last?
If properly taken care of, then the implants can last as long as the natural teeth. The gum surrounding the implant is still susceptible to periodontal disease, while the implant and the implant restoration cannot decay. Regular checkups, dental cleaning, and brushing are still necessary to ensure your implants stay in good shape.
Proper oral care is always essential for good dental health, and for a patient who had implants, it is crucially important. Sometimes bacteria can reside in the mouth, causing gums to swell and jawbone to ebb away. If it happens so, the implants will weaken and making it necessary to be removed. That’s why patients are advised to have their regular dental cleaning at least twice a year to assure the health of their implants and teeth.
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