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Dental Implant

When it comes to your oral health, keeping your natural teeth healthy and comfortable will always be the best choice. However, it can sometimes occur that even with the best oral hygiene practices, dental care and preventative measures, your natural teeth simply aren’t able to remain as healthy and comfortable as is needed and wanted, and therefore need to be removed. This will lead you to consider suitable replacements, and there are quite a few reasons why dental implants should be at the very top of your list.

Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants are truly the next best option to natural, healthy and comfortable teeth. They are designed to be strong and stable so that they look, feel, fit and function just like natural teeth. Unlike dentures or dental bridges that can potentially lead to bone deterioration and may interfere with natural eating, smiling and speaking abilities, dental implants can truly be undetectable to the individual himself and to others around him. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or to hide one’s smile, as dental implants are truly secure and natural-looking. Perhaps more importantly, they prevent the changes in face shape and smile that often occur when teeth are lost and left unreplaced.

Unlike some other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges, dental implants can potentially last a lifetime. They may need occasional adjustments, and they certainly need proper care (just as your natural teeth do), but they are a marked improvement over other replacement options that may only last for five to seven years at a time. This makes dental implants a more convenient and cost-effective solution. Furthermore, dental implants can actually help to prevent against the deterioration and loss of jawbone that sometimes occurs when it is not being used to support teeth by stimulating bone growth.

Since dental implants are permanent and stable additions to your mouth, they are able to be cared for in the exact same way you care for your natural teeth–with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings. And while it is not an excuse for failing to take excellent care of them, the fact is that they have the added benefit of being entirely impervious to decay. They can also work to protect the health of surrounding natural teeth, as they not only prevent these teeth from moving or shifting into the gap caused by tooth loss, but they also do not rely upon any support from these teeth in order to remain in place and functioning.

Installing Dental Implants

In order to receive a dental implant, a dentist will first perform a thorough evaluation, determining that the patient’s oral health is excellent and their bone structure strong enough to withstand the implant. Once it has been determined that a dental implant is the appropriate solution for tooth loss, the dentist will install the dental implant over the course of a couple of surgeries, usually undertaken several months apart from each other.

During the initial surgery, the titanium implant will be placed in the jawbone. The abutment, which protrudes through the gum and into the mouth and is normally made of titanium, gold or porcelain, is attached to the implant. The abutment looks just like a natural tooth that has been reduced in size in order to hold a crown and fit well in the mouth. Typically, this portion of the implant installation process is followed by a period of several months so that the gums and mouth can heal prior to the final step.

Dental implant installation is concluded when the crown, which is normally porcelain fused to a metal alloy but can sometimes be entirely metal or entirely porcelain, is screwed or cemented onto the abutment. The crown is what is made to look like a natural, healthy tooth (unless an all-metal crown is used for a specific reason or purpose).

Following dental implant installation the dentist will make the minimal adjustments necessary to ensure the patient is comfortable with their new tooth. They may require one or even several follow-up visits to ensure that things are working smoothly, but as mentioned earlier, the properly designed and installed implant feels no different from the patient’s other natural, healthy teeth, and therefore allows them to experience optimal oral health in complete comfort.


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