Patients and dental specialists alike have lauded dental implants as one the lowest maintenance and most lifelike tooth replacement options available. Patients with implants enjoy the fact that their replacement teeth are durable enough to withstand the pressure exerted to chew and bite food while also being easy to care for. Like teeth, implants can be brushed and flossed whereas traditional prosthetics like dentures require overnight soaking and are taken out of the mouth for brushing. The reason dental implants can be treated like natural teeth are because of their construction and they way in which they are placed in the mouth. Following are answers to common questions about implants.
What materials make up a dental implant?
A cylinder of titanium makes up a dental implant. This metal post also features a ridged texture, much like that of a screw, and is embedded into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. The top of the implant has an abutment, which is used to secure prosthetics like dental crowns or bridges. Crowns and bridges are made from various types of materials including porcelain and metal alloys.
What does the procedure entail?
Receiving a dental implant involves an oral surgery where the titanium post is loaded directly into the jawbone through an empty tooth socket. When embedding an implant, our team will administer anesthetics and sedative medication to ensure a comfortable experience for our guests. Once the procedure is complete, patients will enter a recovery phase of treatment. This means that patients will eat a restricted diet and avoid placing pressure on the implantation site. The recovery stage is very important for the success of an implant. During this time, bone will begin to integrate to the implant, stabilizing it in place. Once the recovery process is complete, patients will receive their permanent custom prosthetic.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
When determining whether a patient should receive implants, our oral surgeon will perform an oral examination and inquire about a patient’s medical history and lifestyle choices. Ideally, those receiving implants should not smoke or have gum disease. Having adequate bone mass to support the implant is important, too.
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