Are you looking into available treatment options for a missing tooth or teeth? Here at Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, one procedure we can look into is the dental implant.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant serves as the foundation for your tooth replacement. This oral surgery usually requires sedation. Implants are made up of three parts.
First is the base or the implant. This part is attached to your natural bone to serve as a sturdy base for your replacement tooth.
Second is the connector or the abutment. This is attached to the implant and is used to hold the tooth replacement.
Last is the crown. This is the part of the dental implant that resembles your natural tooth. It’s the one you’ll see once the procedure is completed.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
Your dentist creates a hole in your jawbone where the implant will be placed.
The implant is attached to your jawbone and serves as the new root for your tooth replacement. Once the implant has already healed, the connector or abutment is screwed on top of it.
The abutment can be made from either porcelain, gold, or titanium. Finally, the crown, which looks like a natural tooth, is attached to the abutment using a screw or a dental cement.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants, you need to have enough bone in your jaw to support your implant. Otherwise, you may have to undergo a bone grafting procedure. Your gums and teeth surrounding your implant also have to be healthy.
What Happens Before Getting Dental Implants
The first step is a consult with your dental team.
Your dentist will review your medical and dental background. They’ll also conduct examinations to determine if you’re fit to receive a dental implant. Using x-rays, they’ll check whether you have adequate jawbone to secure an implant in place.
In case your dentist finds out you don’t have enough natural bone, they’ll also recommend options you can consider. One of which is the bone grafting procedure.
Here, bone is taken from another source (it could be from your mouth or chin) and added to your jaw. More likely, a sterilized bovine bone material will be used to avoid additional surgery. This option works well with most patients. If you’ll require a bone augmentation procedure, getting an implant will take longer. You need to give your new bone some time to prepare for the procedure.
On the other hand, should you have adequate bone to support an implant, you can now proceed to schedule your first procedure. The first part involves attaching the implant into your jawbone. After this, you need to wait until your natural bone and implant have already fused together.
How to Care for Your Implants
Make your implants last with these simple steps:
- Observe good oral hygiene habits. Don’t forget to brush and floss daily. These are the simplest steps to ensure your implants remain successful.
- Use an interdental brush. Interdental brushes can reach tight spaces between teeth. They work great for keeping all areas surrounding your implant clean.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Never miss any of your dentist appointments. Your dentist will check if your implant is in good shape. Regular cleanings will also help ensure your implant is working properly.
- Skip hard-to-chew food. Protect your crown and natural teeth from breaking. In the meantime, by avoiding hard snacks or food, such as candies and ice.
- Avoid smoking. Better yet, quit smoking altogether. Smoking can cause your bone structure to weaken. It’s bad for your overall health too.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Comfortable. Implants eventually become a natural part of your mouth. They won’t slip and you won’t have to remove them.
- Natural-looking. A dental implant is made to look and feel like a natural tooth. People won’t be able to tell you have one.
- Durable. Implants should last you for several years or even decades provided they’re taken care of.
- Convenient. You will not have to worry about losing or dropping your tooth replacement. Your implant stays in your mouth.
- Speak without worries. Dentures can affect your speech if they fit poorly. Dental implants, on the other hand, stay in place and won’t affect your speech.
- Preserve natural teeth. Implants don’t require scraping away natural teeth. Surrounding natural teeth will remain as they are.
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