A dental implant is a device that is used to replace the root of a missing or irreparably damaged tooth. Whereas bridges replace only the crown of the tooth, dental implants are inserted into the jaw and act as an artificial root for the crown. Dental implants are generally made of titanium alloy. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth or tooth loss.
When are Dental Implants Necessary?
Dental implants are a desirable solution for people who have lost or damaged teeth due to injury or improper dental care. Implants are also helpful for people who were born with an incomplete set of teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire set of teeth safely and effectively. Extensive research has been conducted over the course of over thirty years, and the results support the continued use of implants to provide patients with a healthy and complete smile.
What is the Implant Procedure?
Before the process of dental implantation can begin, you must first undergo a thorough exam by your dentist. The dentist will X-ray your mouth, examine the bone structure, and provide you with your choices for treatment options, explaining the pros and cons of each. If you do opt for dental implants, then either your general dentist will perform the procedure or refer you to a specialist. In either scenario, your bone structure will be thoroughly assessed to determine whether it is substantial enough to support the dental implants. If you do not have enough bone support, then bone grafting will be necessary prior to placing the dental implants. This is usually only necessary when a significant amount of time has passed between the loss of the tooth and the placement of the implant.
The actual implant surgery is typically performed with local anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. Once the area is numb, the dental practitioner will prepare the area where the implant will be inserted. After the implant has been integrated into the bone, restoration may be placed on the implant temporarily so that your smile will look normal during the healing process.
Is Aftercare Required for Dental Implants?
Your gums and jaw must heal following the implant procedure. This healing process can last anywhere between six weeks and three months depending on how good the bone is and how well it has integrated. The stitches, however, are removed after just one week. During the healing phase, the patient must take great care to keep the mouth and surrounding teeth very clean to prevent infection. After you have healed completely, you will return to your dentist’s office to have your crown, bridge, or denture put in place to complete your new smile.
The aftercare for an implant lasts a lifetime. Just as you must take good care of your natural teeth in order to protect them, the same is true for your dental implant. Implants are even more susceptible to damage, however, so you may want to talk to your dentist about ongoing professional care for your implants. If you neglect to take good care of your implants, you may lose them. Smoking and diabetes are very damaging to dental implants.
Why Straumann Dental Implants?
Straumann is one of the leading global providers of dental implants. Because of their long history of providing the safest and most effective dental products available, they are one of the best choices for your dental implants. Not only does Straumann comply with global industry standards, but they also contribute 5% of their profits to continued research in the field of dentistry and the manufacturing of dental products.
Want to learn more about Straumann dental implants? Call our office today to schedule a consultation, and take the first step toward a complete smile and a new you.
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