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.

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Who does this procedure?

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.

Who can get dental 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.

Procedure of dental implants

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.

  • Firstly, the dentist will put a dental implant beneath the gum tissue in your jawbone. The gum tissue is stitched back to the place. As the tissue heals, the implant bonds with the bone which may take months to heal. For example, full mouth dental implants.
  • Secondly, the dentist connects an abutment to the implant. It is used for the purpose of attaching the replacement tooth to the implant.
  • Thirdly, a replacement tooth customised to the required size of your mouth is attached to the implant by means of abutment.

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.

Taking care of dental implants

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.

Things to know about dental implants

Here are some things you should prepare well before going for a dental implant procedure.

  • The process is a bit long and may require several visits to the dentist.
  • Checkups are scheduled in the upcoming year as the dentist needs to ensure that the implants are working properly.
  • As the dental implants are rooted inside the jawbone, therefore, a good care needs to be taken for the longer life of the implant and good oral health.
  • Implants are much more costly than other tooth-replacement techniques. However, it is a better alternative as it’s a one time cost unlike other methods.
  • There may be some complications due to dental implants like bleeding, infection, numbness, or injury to the surrounding tissues like full mouth dental implants. But these complications are rare.
  • In some cases, dental implants techniques may fail due to the inability of the implant to bond with the bone or sometimes even poor oral hygiene.
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