Understanding Dental Implants

Posted on: December 11, 2017

Dental ImplantsDental implants are an effective solution for many dental cases like crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, missing teeth, and decaying teeth. The dental implant procedure is simple with optimal healing time and efficiency. Implants are one of the most aesthetically-attractive and life-like options for replacing missing teeth.

With an implant, you and your dentist will be able to pick the crown material most suited to your lifestyle. The implants will be able to give you the support you need for a healthy smile.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants:

  • Are cost-effective
  • Are built to last
  • Retain your natural face shape
  • Protect healthy bones
  • Allow you to speak easily and eat favorite foods
  • Provide predictable efficiency
  • Have no cavities 

First, we need to take an impression of the patient’s mouth to create a new tooth in a dental lab. Each synthetic tooth will match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth, along with having a perfect color match. This way, the patient’s smile will appear completely natural once we complete the procedure. Then, we will insert a metal post under the gum line.

We will secure the metal post to the jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals the strength of natural roots. The one exception is that the metal cannot face infection. Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. After healing, the dentist will secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post at the surface of the gums, leaving the patient with a happy, healthy smile.

What you need to know

Almost anyone is eligible for dental implants unless they have gum disease, osteoporosis, avidly clench their teeth, or smoke often. The best way to tell if someone is a candidate for dental implants is to call a dentist and set up a consultation. That way, the patient will be able to determine if dental implants are really the way to go for a specific tooth issue. As long as the patient’s overall oral health is in good shape then the patient will most likely be eligible.

Just like before the implants, it is vital to take care of one’s oral health afterward. Before a patient can even get dental implants, they have to be in good standing with their oral health. The patient needs adequate bone support, regular oral checkups, and healthy gums. After a patient receives dental implants, it is just as important that they continue a healthy regimen to ensure the durability of their implants.

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While dental prosthetics cannot become infected themselves, the teeth around them can. In the future, if you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread to your jawbone. This puts your implants in jeopardy because, in order to stay secure, the jawbone must be in good health.

If it becomes infected, your dental prosthetics and all of your teeth will be in jeopardy. Be sure to stay in touch with your dentist and attend regular checkups to ensure the future success of your implants.

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