Dental implants are a dependable and successful means of replacing lost teeth, whether it's just one or several. Implants provide a long-term solution that looks and performs just like natural teeth.
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A dental implant is an artificial root, surgically placed in the jawbone, that serves as an anchor for a crown, bridge, or denture. This advanced approach to tooth replacement provides a permanent and stable solution that preserves the integrity of the jawbone, helps to prevent bone loss, and creates a natural-looking result. Furthermore, dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, thus avoiding the need for alteration of healthy teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them an ideal solution for replacing one, multiple, or all teeth.
What is the procedure for dental implants? Are dental implants safe?
The first step in the dental implant process is a consult and visual examination of the implant area. Afterward, your dentist will determine if any existing teeth need to be extracted and if a bone graft is necessary. If these procedures are necessary, the you will need a few months to heal.
The next step is for the dental implant to be placed into the bone, followed by a healing cap to protect the implant during the healing process. Regular check-ups will be conducted to ensure that the implant is healing properly and that there is no risk of infection.
What types of dental implants exist?
Two of the most commonly used dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are the most common dental implant option. They are comprised of a titanium metal rod that is installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that is specifically designed to secure either a dental crown or a dental bridge. All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary dental implant system in which an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Each implant is strategically placed so that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using four implants is that it helps promote faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many challenges that can arise, when it comes to tooth loss, such as difficulty chewing and speaking clearly. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious issues like tooth shifts, jawbone deterioration, facial structure loss, and bite imbalances. Dental implants serve as a counter to these issues as they are often the best solution as they provide an artificial root system to maintain order and prevent further problems. Not only do they help a patient overcome short-term challenges, but they also help to prevent long-term problems linked to tooth loss. Dental implants are the most effective form of treatment for tooth loss, as they serve as a strong foundation for prosthetic teeth and help them to feel more natural.
If you have more questions about dental implants, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.