What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. It is used to support one or more false teeth. It is placed into the jawbone, similar to that of a tooth root. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental Implants provide stable support for artificial teeth since it is fused to the jawbone. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't shift in your mouth, it won’t even slip which is an important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
How long do Implants last? Are they safe enough?
Implants are generally safe. And just like your regular teeth, it can last as long as you know how to look after them. How often you see your dental practitioner for your regular maintenance appointments and how well you look after your implants will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. Just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee. However, most dental implants are successful.
Here are a few steps you can take to help ensure success and make your implant last.
- First and foremost, practice good oral hygiene – as a general rule, brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using brushes that slide between teeth (interdental brushes) can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.
- Quit smoking – smoking can contribute to implant failure as it can weaken the bone structure.
- Visit your dental practitioner on a regular basis – help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way by seeing your dentist for cleanings and exams every six months.
- No chewing on hard foods – never chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.
How long does the treatment take?
Your dental team should be able to run an assessment with a few tests and give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts.
Usually, the false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 months after the implants are put in. Sometimes treatment takes longer and your dental team will be able to talk to you about your treatment time.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
The condition of the bone in your jaw will determine if an implant can be an option. Your dentist will come up with a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first so it would be possible if there is not enough or if it isn't healthy enough.
What about aftercare?
Your dental practitioner will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. You might be prescribed some painkillers after the surgery. Make sure you have enough at home just in case you’ll be needing one. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, do not hesitate to see an emergency dentist.
Things to consider before deciding to go for a Dental Implant
Talk to your dentist. Your dentist will give you all possible options. Or they may refer you to an experienced ‘implantologist' for assessment and treatment.
Remember to ask:
- Every detail about the proposed treatment
- What experience the dentist has in this work.
- The total cost of the treatment.
- What are possible options.
Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.
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