Dental implants are a clever way of replacing missing teeth, or equally as a means of treating loose dentures where they provide stability for a set of false teeth. Moreover, implants can also be used to replace a single missing tooth or indeed, they could support a complete set of replacement teeth for a toothless jaw. Yet another use for Implants is to act as anchors in supporting a fixed dental bridges. In short, Dental Implants are a wonderful alternative to your natural teeth when problems arrive, and threaten the quality of your life.
Dental Implants – The Fitting Procedures:
Your family dentist will refer you to an Dental Specialist like an Oral Surgeon, or perhaps a Peridontist or maybe a combination of the two (if they are unable to perform the procedure themselves). The fitting process requires a great deal of skill and knowledge on a dental professionals’ part as they are operating in confined space. Surgery is then done at the dental office using a local anesthetic, unless there are potential complications such as high blood pressure. Each implant screw is surgically positioned within the bone to act as an anchor or receiver for eventually supporting the manufactured replacement tooth. Typically, four to six months then passes as the bone grows around the implant thereby holding it firmly in place. Once your dentist is happy that the bone has healed and firmly adhered around the implant, a small attachment called an implant abutment is screwed into the top of each implant.
The purpose of the implant abutment is to act as an anchor for the replacement tooth as it protrudes through the gum-line. Time must pass for gums to heal. Then your dentist can take an impression of the Dental Abutment, and the rest of your mouth, so that the dental laboratory can skillfully fabricate a new tooth. The final step is to fit your newly made tooth on top of the abutment and that is normally the end of the process.
Tips for Caring for your new Dental Implants:
As with all post-operative periods, common sense and a good understanding of the work that has been carried out for you is paramount. Listen carefully to the advice your Dental Professional gives you, and carefully read and memorize any handouts presented to you. Correct oral care must be followed such as brushing and flossing after every meal, or at least when rising or going to bed. Remember, you have invested hard-earned money in your new dental implant and it will give you many years of use if cared for properly.
Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants:
• Dental Implants have a good reputation for providing reliable and long-standing service. You should expect 20 years or more with few, if any complications.
• Improved self-esteem.
• Excellent biting pressure.
• Good comfort and fit because they are well secured and integrated with your bone and gums.
Your first consultation should include a list of questions asked by your dental professional and you may have a few of your own too. Do not be shy to ask however silly these may seem. Knowledge is the first step to a successful dental implant – with a care, a new tooth for life too.