A Successful Dental Implant Experience
In order for dental implants to be successful there are several factors that must be met. Patients that are not considered good candidates include those with uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments, smoking, alcoholism or gum disease. It is also important to notify your implant specialist of any prescribed, alternative or over-the-counter medications that you are taking.
It is necessary to have sufficient bone density
for the implant to graft to properly.
The more teeth lost, the more function lost. This
leads to some particularly serious aesthetic and functional problems,
particularly in people who have lost all of their teeth. And it doesn’t stop
there. After bone that supported the teeth is lost, the bone beneath it, the
jawbone proper also begins to disintegrate.
The bone must be regenerated either at the time of extraction by grafting the bone into the sockets at the time of tooth loss or removal or through surgical techniques by which artificial or donor bone is grafted into the area that is deficient. This will provide the necessary bone substance for anchoring implants. This a primary reason to consider dental implants to replace missing teeth is the maintenance of jawbone. Only dental implants can stop the loss of jawbone.
Placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often using a surgical guide. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in intimate contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them to complete the process.
There are three options for dental implants.
Implant crowns and other prosthetic (false) tooth
replacements are made to be remarkably failsafe systems. They are removable
and replaceable (only by your dentist), so that if damage or wear
necessitates replacement, this can be accomplished without affecting the
implant(s) or attachment to the bone.
Nevertheless, implants do require maintenance. It is important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. It is also important to see your dentist and dental hygienist. Special instruments are necessary to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will need to monitor your implants to make sure the integrity of the osseointegration is stable, and that the implant crowns, bridgework or dentures are functioning properly.
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