What is a dental Implant? Dental implants are a safe, cost effective option in replacing single, multiple or even all teeth. Once restored, it will look, feel and function like a natural tooth. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone acting as an artificial root. Once healed it becomes a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants can be restored with crowns, bridges and full or partial implant supported dentures. The maintenance of dental implants is very easy. Just like your natural teeth, restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free by proper brushing and flossing. ** Be advised the cost of the crown, bridge or denture will be separate than the implant placed.
Benefits of dental implants:
- natural looking smile
- confidence boost
- normal eating and speaking
- permanent solution
- do not affect adjacent teeth
- excellent support and stability
- preventing facial bone deterioration
Benefits of Implant-Fixed Dentures:
- do not have to be taken out.
- no adhesives required
- better taste of foods and sensation
- prevents facial bone deterioration
Deciding on which option to choose depends on many factors:
- location of missing tooth or teeth
- quantity and quality of the jawbone where the dental implant is to be placed
- health of the patient
- patient habits (ex. smoking)
- patient preference
Dental Implant Procedure: First there will be a comprehensive exam including a medical history review of medications and any medical conditions. This is followed by a comprehensive dental exam where the dentist will take X-rays and models of your teeth and mouth. A treatment plan is tailored to your dental needs and will take in to account how many teeth you need replaced and the condition of the jawbone present.
What you can expect: Dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic, and therefore no pain should occur during placement. If a patient is feeling anxious regarding the procedure they may be sedate, either via oral sedation or iv sedation. After the implant is paced the healing period could take up to several months. During this time the bone will integrate with the surface of the implant. Post surgery discomfort may vary depending on individual case. Pain can be managed with over the counter medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Other typical discomforts associate with this procedure maybe swelling of the gums, bruising of your skin and gum, or minor bleeding.
Can implants fail? Implants may be less successful for people who smoke, grind or clench teeth or have a history of radiation therapy, diabetes or osteoporosis. Other factors include poor oral hygiene, resulting in infection or impaired healing and overloading, or too much pressure on the implant structure. You can help your dental implant reduce failure rate by:
- Practicing excellent oral hygiene. Just as with your natural teeth, keep implants, artificial teeth and gum tissue clean. An interdental brush that slides between teeth can help clean around the titanium post.
- See your dentist regularly. Schedule regular dental checkups to ensure the health and proper functioning of your implants.
- Avoid damaging habits. Don’t chew hard items, such as ice and hard candy, which can break crowns. Avoid tooth-staining tobacco and caffeine products.
Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence!
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