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Dental implants are basically titanium screws used to support the artificial teeth. These are made up of titanium metal and the crown on top of the implant look like natural teeth. The dental implants are inserted into the jawbone in place of a natural tooth. Then the artificial tooth is connected to the implant with a screw or cemented with a permanent cement.
Dentists who are trained in this field, perform these procedures of implantation, followed by putting a crown or a bridge. The dentists who work with the dental implants are Implantologists.
General dentists as well as Specialists like Oral and Maxillo-facial surgeons, Periodontist and Prosthodontists can place implants.
Dental implants are used where the person is good in terms of general health and has enough jawbone to hold the implants. But in case your jawbone has shrunk in size or is underdeveloped, a bone graft is required for the development of bone. Bone grafting is the process of adding a new bone to your existing shrunk or underdeveloped jawbone.
Since dental implants can cause other effects on the head, jaw and the teeth, a critical examination is done by X-rays to decide whether dental implants are an ideal choice for you or not.
If more than one tooth is missing, a bridge is used to restore the missing teeth. These bridges are held firmly by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth.
Since the dental implants look and act just like normal teeth, they need care and hygiene like the natural teeth. Make sure to brush and floss the dental implants regularly. Also, follow the right procedure of brushing and flossing your teeth recommended by the dentists. Also, frequent dental checkups are essential for keeping the growth of diseases in check. Professional cleaning helps to maintain the health of your natural teeth as well as your dental implants and front tooth cavity fillings.
Here are some things you should prepare well before going for a dental implant procedure.