Dental Implant Restoration
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed and it is used to anchor the tooth that would be missing. The tooth that could be missing from the previous dental bridge that was placed in your mouth or it is just a missing tooth.
What are Dental Implants made of?
Most of the dental implants today are made of titanium and that is a very good substance. It is bio compatible and it bonds well with bone.
Who places the Dental Implants?
Most of the time dental implants are placed by the oral surgeon. They can be replaced by a general family dentist and that can be a good thing but you want to make sure that dentist is well trained. You do not want to find a dentist that has just had a weekend course on placing implants. You want to make sure they have taken a lot of continuing education, considerable amount of dental hours training to place the implants. So a general dentist can place the implants but most implants today are placed by an oral surgeon.
How are Dental Implants placed?
Implants are placed by the surgeon into the jaw bone and it can take for one implant, anywhere from one hour to several hours but what they do is they anesthetize you and you would not feel anything. They would place the implant into the bone and most of the time they will seal that up so when you will leave that day you wouldn’t be seeing the implant sticking out. It then integrates into the bone, taking anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months to integrate into the bone. We are restoring implants today that are single stage where they are placed and the part of the implant you can see, is there when you leave the surgeons office. They are having very good success with that. The key there is getting integration with the bone, the bone adhering to the titanium and getting ready to be restored.
Who should get Dental Implants?
Dental implants are not an option for everybody. Candidates would have adequate bone, a healthy individual taking good care of the teeth, keeping plaque levels at the minimum, seeing the dentist regularly. Even if there isn’t enough bone, there are ways to augment the bone and get more bone. One thing today we are seeing more and more of is denture wearers may not enjoy their dentures or not have good success with their dentures, especially lower dentures. Having dental implants on the lower jaw, are very good candidates. Again bone level is important, anatomy, where the nerve is. All those are issues that you want to discuss with the surgeon or your general dentist placing the implant.
What is the difference between Dental Implants and dentures?
The difference between dental implants and dentures basically is that dental implants are fixed and dentures are removable. The dentures might not offer as much stability as implants can in your mouth as you are chewing.
How do I care for Dental Implants?
Poor dental hygiene is one of the main reasons for the failure of implants. So hygiene is most important; proper tooth brushing and flossing of implants. Your dentist, as you restore the implants and get everything finalized, will go over that with you. Basically you want to treat your implant like any other tooth in your mouth and do the best job you can with home care.
How will I adjust to Dental Implants?
Most people adjust to dental implants immediately. It is very similar to may be having a dental crown placed. There are times however that patients may take a little bit more time adjusting to some post-operative tenderness, some sensitivity. It is very important that you work with your dentist to make sure that the way the tooth and the implant hits together is or is in occlusion is not going to interfere with your the workings of your mouth. That is one of the reasons we see any problems arise would be for that reason. It is very important that you have a family dentist or cosmetic dentist that would pay particular attention to how your implant functions.
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