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what are dental implants? who is an ideal candidate for a dental implant procedure?

Dental implants overview

Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements that are comprised of two parts: an anchor and an artificial tooth (or crown).

The anchor is a titanium post that is placed in the jawbone. Titanium is used because of its compatibility to bone and biocompatibility.

The artificial tooth, or crown, is gently attached to the anchor. The crown is designed to match the natural tooth in both shape and color.

Because implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, it is best for patients who are healthy enough to undergo surgery.

Who is ideal for a dental implant?

Dental implants work for people who are missing one or more teeth. They can also be used to attach a dental bridge or denture.

To qualify for dental implants, you must have good overall health, including a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw to support the implant.

Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth.

What happens during a dental implant procedure?

During the dental implant procedure, a titanium post is placed into the jaw bone. This post serves as the stabilizing root for your new tooth. The implant post is surgically inserted into the jawbone under local anesthesia. Your dentist will then cover the post with a temporary crown while the implant fuses with your jaw bone.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are one of the most popular and long-lasting tooth replacement options, and for good reason. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of dental implants.

Dental implants are permanent, meaning you won’t have to take them out every night or soak them in a glass overnight. However, you should still brush, floss, and rinse your teeth as normal.

Unlike dentures, dental implants feel natural and secure. You won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping or falling out as you eat and speak.

Dental implants don’t require any special cleaning products or procedures. Just brush and floss your teeth as you would your natural teeth, and floss around dental implant posts.

Dental implants are custom-made for your mouth, so they look and feel natural. You won’t have to worry about having your speech or eating hindered by poor-fitting dentures, or dealing with a sunken-in face due to dentures that don’t fit over your gums.

The dental implant process explained – timeline

What is the dental implant process?

The dental implant process generally takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months from start to finish. First, your dentist will assess your jawbone to determine whether it is healthy enough to support a dental implant. He or she will also check your gums to make sure that they are strong and healthy and free of periodontal disease. Next, your dentist will surgically implant a titanium post into your jawbone. The dental implant post will act as the tooth root and anchor into the jaw, offering strength and stability. Once the post is healed, your dentist can attach a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture to the abutment.

A dental implant procedure is generally recommended for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other type of dental problem. It can also be recommended to those who do not have strong, healthy bone tissue in their jaw to support the implant. If you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure, your jawbone must be healthy enough to support the implant.

What happens after a dental implant procedure?

Inserting a dental implant requires minor oral surgery, which may be performed under local anesthesia. Once the dental implant has been placed, you will go through a period of healing.

The healing process can take anywhere from one to two months. During this time, the dental implant will be fusing with the jaw bone. The dental implant will act like a natural tooth once it is healed.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implants are permanent. They do not need to be removed, unlike dentures, which need to be taken out and cleaned. Since the implant is fused to the jawbone, the replacement tooth will not shift, move or fall out. The dental implant procedure itself is minimally invasive. Most patients report feeling little to no discomfort.

Are dental implants safe

Dental implants are a safe, effective treatment for tooth loss. Dental implants are surgically implanted into your gums, where they fuse to your jawbone. A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.

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