Dental Implant (Part 1)
What is an implant?
An implant is a man-made replacement for the natural tooth root which allows a person to return to non-removable teeth or a more secure dental restoration. There are several types of dental implants of which your dentist will select the most suited to your needs and general dental condition. Most dental implants are made from titanium, the bone around the titanium screw integrates once it is placed securing it into the jaw bone.
How is an Implant Inserted?
Implants are secured into the jaw bone and are extended into the mouth through the gum tissue. This is usually performed under local anesthetic in the dental clinic.
What to expect
There are many variables to be considered in the placing of implant(s).
First, the patient must be healthy. There must be adequate healing powers present in the patient.
Second, a proper diagnosis must be made, and the proper implant, placement and procedure must be selected for the individual patient.
Third, the implant(s) must be treated properly by the patient and the dentist. If either person is neglectful, there could be complications.
Fourth, if the patient is a heavy smoker or an excessive alcoholic beverage consumer, the success of the implant(s) will be affected.
The dental care you provide yourself at home must be first-rate. You must keep your teeth and implants cleaner than ever done previously. You must be able to use a toothbrush, dental floss, or other devices recommended to keep the plaque off both your natural teeth and the implants. If this is not done, there is a possibility that the implants will not succeed, and will have to be removed. Furthermore, smoking and /or excessive consumption are a deterrent to excellent dental health.
But most importantly a consultation with your dental provider is needed to discuss all these contributing factors before going ahead with any treatment.
You will have a complete examination with x-rays which may include panoramic x-ray or CT-scans of your entire mouth. X-rays are necessary for proper diagnosis throughout the implant process.
From the initial consultation there are many different options to restoring dental implants
Implant planning is a major part of the treatment process, next time I will discuss the different options for restoring in more detail 🙂
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This post was written by Letooth