What Is a Dental Implant?

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If you have lost a tooth because of periodontal disease, an accident or any other reason, consider a dental implant. An implant will replace the missing tooth and leave you with a healthy smile that can last for years. It is one of the most recommended tooth replacement options. Read on to learn more about dental implants.

Dental implants

A dental implant serves as the replacement of the root of a missing tooth. It is placed in the lower or upper jaw. Over time, it will bond with the bone, which will make it stable and secure enough to hold the replacement tooth. Dental implants are ideal for replacing one tooth or many teeth.

Types of dental implants

There are many types of dental implants. Two of the most common options are the endosteal implant and the subperiosteal implant. Endosteal is placed in the bone. Every implant supports one or more replacement teeth. The subperiosteal implant is inserted on top of the jawbone. The metal post protrudes through the gum to anchor the prosthesis.

Care of implants

Natural teeth require at-home oral care and occasional dental visits. Implants should receive the same care as natural teeth. For a person to keep the dental implant clean and free from plaque, brushing and flossing daily is encouraged. After treatment, the oral surgeon may work closely with a patient to develop an effective care plan.

The procedure

A patient will schedule a consultation appointment. During this visit, the oral surgeon will determine how and where the dental implant will be placed. Depending on a patient’s condition and the type of implant chosen, the surgeon will create a tailor-made treatment plan that will meet specific needs. A single implant and a crown can replace one tooth. If a patient is replacing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can be used. An implant-supported full denture or full bridge are options for replacing all the teeth.

Some major factors that contribute to implant success are the quality and volume of the bone where the implant is to be inserted. Sometimes, surgeons find it difficult to place implants at the upper back jaw area because of insufficient bone quality and quantity and the closeness to the sinus. This problem can be corrected by sinus augmentation. It will involve raising the sinus floor and the development of bone for the insertion of dental implants.

Deformities in the lower and upper jaw can leave an individual with insufficient bone in which to insert implants. This problem can be corrected by lifting away the gum from the ridge, in order to reveal the bony defect or problem. The defect will then be filled with a bone or a bone substitute to help build the ridge. This procedure significantly improves appearance and increases the chances of implant success.

Takeaway

Dental implants offer a permanent and effective way of replacing teeth. The success of implants depends on careful planning for the procedure and proper aftercare. Talk to your oral surgeon to learn more about dental implants. If they are right for you, consider getting them.

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