What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tooth root replacements. They are artificial teeth that serve as strong replacements for missing teeth and can either be fixed or removable. A dental implant is placed into the jaw to hold a dental crown or a dental bridge. Individuals who have lost a single tooth or teeth due to an injury, a periodontal disease, or some other reason, can get dental implants.
What can dental implants do?
There are a lot of benefits that dental implants can bring to the patient with missing tooth or teeth.
- Dental implants improve the appearance of one’s smile. Since they look and feel like natural teeth and can become permanent by being fused into the bone, dental implants can replace missing teeth and bring back a complete smile.
- Dental implants provide comfort to the individual. Since dental implants can be fixed permanently to replace missing teeth, it eliminates the hassle of having to use removable dentures. It can also make chewing easier and more comfortable.
- Overall, dental implants can improve one’s oral health. Unlike a tooth-supported dental bridge, dental implant placement does not require the reduction of natural teeth. Since more of your own teeth are preserved, it improves your oral health in the long run.
- Dental implants are known for their durability. With proper care, they can last for many years and even a lifetime.
Who are candidates for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants are individuals who are in good overall health. People who have healthy gum tissues and who do not have any periodontal disease are eligible for dental implants. This is because the implants need adequate support, which is what they can get from healthy bone in the jaw.
How is a dental implant procedure done?
A dental implant surgery can be performed in a dentist’s office. The patient will be under local anesthesia with or without other forms of sedation.
A dental implant procedure is a three-step process:
- Through surgery, the implant flush is buried to the bone underneath the gum to prevent any force while it is in the healing stage. After the healing process, the implant will then be exposed as some overlying gum will have to be removed.
- The implant is checked and connected to a post, also known as the abutment, which penetrates into the gum. The gum is given enough time to heal around the abutment to create a collar or cuff which will be used to gain access to the implant as it is being prepared for the prosthetic tooth, or the dental crown.
- The final restorative stage involves the connection of a prosthetic tooth to the osseointegrated implants.
What should I do after the placement of dental implants?
Proper oral care must be done regularly and conscientiously at home. Regular visits to the doctor are also recommended in order to identify and treat any complications that may occur.