How Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth?

Posted by Garry S. on May 31st, 2019

What exactly is a dental implant?
 
A dental implant is a titanium post. It is biocompatible and is inserted into your jawbone to act as a stable post for the replacement tooth. Because the titanium used is made up of biocompatible material, it completely integrates with the bone tissue and becomes one with your jawbone. Because of this, a solid and stable base is created on which the replacement tooth can be placed.

Why is a dental implant done?
 
Dental implants act like your natural teeth; most patients cannot tell the difference between their dental implants and their natural teeth. The implant that replaces your missing tooth helps with the ability to chew. Dental implants also keep the adjacent teeth stable and in place. It helps in preventing bone loss which is the reason for facial sagging if you have many missing teeth. This way premature aging can also be averted.

Who does this treatment?
 
Your general dentist may perform this process or may refer you to a dental specialist, if required.
 
What are the benefits of dental implants?
 
•    Implants offer firm support to man-made teeth. Bridges, dentures or single teeth attached to the implants won’t shift or slip in your mouth. This is a crucial benefit when eating and speaking.
•    Where teeth are missing, dental implants also help keep the jawbone from shrinking.
•    If maintained appropriately, dental implants can last for a lifetime.

Things you need to consider about implants:
 
•    Quite a few visits to your general dentist or dental specialist may be required until the treatment is completed.
•    Your checkups will be scheduled more frequently during the following year so that your dentist can ensure your implants are successful
Surgery is involved so there is a risk of surgical complications
•   With good oral care, your implants can provide a healthy smile for a lifetime.

Are implants right for you?
 
Consult your dentist to see if an implant is an option for you. If you are in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support an implant, then you maybe  a good candidate for implant treatment.

Garry S.

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