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What You Need To Know About Dental Implants

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help you regain confidence and functionality in your teeth, while improving your everyday life. Missing teeth can affect the way that we eat, speak, and think about ourselves, while also having an adverse effect on our long-term oral health. Traditional tooth replacement options, such as conventional dentures, often sacrifice comfort and functionality in order to help people maintain full smile. Removable dentures can cause trouble speaking and eating, while also making people feel self-conscious when they need to be removed. Dental implants allow for a permanent and effective long-term solution for people missing one or more teeth. Wearing removable dentures actually accelerates bone loss by pressing down on the gum and oral membranes, transferring the biting force to the surface of the bone rather than the bone structure. Below we’ll try to give a brief overview of what you need to know about dental implants to help you make the tooth replacement decision that is right for you.



What are Dental Implants?


A dental implant is a small screw-shaped post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. Dental implants are made out of titanium, which has the unique ability to fuse to the bone, helping to support the long-term health of the jaw. Implant-supported teeth allow for the normal function of nerves, muscles, and joints in the jaw, which help the jawbone maintain its dimension and density. After implants are inserted into the jaw, a set of replacement teeth can be attached to them. The replacement teeth look and feel like normal teeth, helping to restore the comfort and biting ability that you have come to expect from natural teeth.



Who Performs The Procedure?


A specially trained dentist is usually called upon to perform a dental implant or an all on four procedure. There is no single specialist called a Dental Implantologist. However, many dentists and different dental specialists can perform dental implant surgery if they had the proper training. Two Organizations that helps differentiate dentists that have proper training versus ones that don’t is the American Board of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.



Who Is Eligible To Receive Dental Implants?


If you are in good general health, dental implants may be right for you. A person looking into dental implant surgery must have healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, otherwise, a patient may need a bone graft prior to undergoing surgery. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone.



How Long Does The Process Typically Take?


Patients looking to replace a tooth may possibly need to wait 3 to 4 months til they receive there implant tooth. If replacing a whole set of teeth, one can expect the process to be completed within 24 hours. Typically, the dental implants and replacement teeth are completed on the same day, allowing for patients to walk out with a confident new smile and a fully functional set of teeth.



How Do I Care For My Dental Implants?


Since dental implants look and act as though they are natural teeth, they must be properly cared for and maintained. Like natural teeth, implants can be kept clean with a toothbrush and floss. Your dentist will show you proper cleaning procedures for your implants and regular follow-ups will ensure that your bite quality is perfect without any loose implants.


That should cover the basics about what you need to know about dental implants. For more information, contact your dentist or a surgeon that specializes in dental implant reconstruction today.