Dental Implants Procedure
Are you self-conscious because of your missing teeth? If this is the case, you may find that dental implants are an effective long-term option.
Are you self-conscious because of your missing teeth? If this is the case, you may find that dental implants are an effective long-term option. Dental implants are rooted in your jawbone and function like your natural teeth. The materials used to make them include titanium, which is a strong metal that is perfect for anchoring an implant since the human body will not reject it. Dental implants have three parts: a post, an abutment and a crown.
The Three-Stage Implantation Procedure In most cases, dental implantation is performed as an outpatient procedure, often in the dentist's office. The patient will usually be placed under local anesthesia though other means of sedation may be used as well. Along with the implantation, your dentist may also opt to augment your jawbone.
- The first step of the process is for the titanium post to be implanted in your jaw. The jawbone will heal around it and hold it in place. The process wherein the jawbone and the implant fuse together is called "osseointegration."
- An abutment will be attached to the post in the next step. This will serve as the link between the post and the crown.
- The crown will be installed last of all. Your dentist may create a custom crown for your mouth if you are replacing a single missing tooth. This crown will be made to fit in with the rest of your teeth. If you are replacing more than one tooth, dentures or bridges may be fashioned.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Bone Preservation The support of teeth is one of the main functions of your jawbone. Your jawbone needs the stimulation from chewing to remain healthy. When you lose teeth, much of your jawbone will deteriorate, which results in a shortening of the jaw. That shortening is sometimes called "posterior bite collapse." A shortened jaw can lead to lost facial structure and deep wrinkles around the mouth. Unlike dentures, a dental implant can deliver the stimulation that your jawbone needs to stay healthy.
- Long Lifespan The vast majority of dental implants are successful and are capable of lasting for as long as 20 years. This lifespan should compared to that of the typical dental bridge which may need to be replaced in as little as five years. In addition, there will be no need to alter adjacent teeth to install a dental implant; however, this type of alteration is necessary with a bridge.
- Preserves Remaining Teeth When teeth are removed, the other teeth will shift. This can cause a range of problems ranging from loose teeth to problems with your bite. Your remaining teeth will be more susceptible to cavities and are more likely to be affected by periodontal disease.
- Maintaining Your Dental Implants In order to get the best possible results from an implant you will need to exercise excellent oral hygiene. This means thoroughly cleaning your natural teeth, implants and gums every day. You should also visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning. While the crown of your dental implant is made of very hard porcelain, it will still be necessary to avoid habits that could damage it. You should not chew hard objects like ice cubes as these could damage both your natural teeth and your implants. You should also avoid using tobacco products and limit your consumption of tea and coffee, as these can stain your implants.
Dental implantation is not a new and untried procedure. Implants have been in use for over fifty years and come with a solid record of success. Dental implants are considered more reliable than bridgework and endodontic treatment.