Dental Implants and Your Smile
It seems that dental implants are breaking tradition. Did you realize that missing teeth can create a very puzzling problem?
Do you have any missing teeth? If so, then perhaps you have noticed that your other teeth are beginning to shift.
Missing teeth can definitely affect your diet, and you can actually look much older than you really are. Now implants can come to your rescue!
You will soon be able to pick up those pieces after you have lost a tooth and finally get on with the rest of your life. Implants work just like your natural teeth and soon you will have that million-dollar smile!
What is a Tooth Implant?
It is an artificial tooth root placed into your jawbone by a periodontist to hold a bridge or a replacement tooth. This is an ideal option for someone who is in good oral or general health.
This person has most likely lost a tooth or teeth because of an injury, periodontal disease or for some other reason. Things have become so high-tech in nature that implants have become more tooth-saving than any traditional bridgework you can have because implants have no need to rely on other neighboring teeth for support.
They also tend to last for a longer time over other replacement options.
Different Types of Implants
A number of types of implants are available; each one has been developed for a special function. Most of these implants are composed of titanium, an inert metal that proves to be quite effective when it comes to fusing with living bone. This process is called "osseointegration".
There is another type of teeth implant known as the "root form" because its shape is similar to a tooth's root with a surface area that was designed so that it would promote good attachment to the jawbone. This is the type that is used most widely when the depth and width of the jawbone is plentiful.
If the patient's jawbone happens to be too short or too narrow to immediately put in place a root form implant, the area may have to be enhance with bone grafting to allow for its placement.
If the jawbone is still too narrow and is not suitable for bone grafting, then a narrow implant known as a "plate form" is usually placed into the patient's bone.
In a case where bone loss is advanced, the "subperiosteal;" implant might be the best recommendation. It sits on top of the bone yet under the patient's gum.
Standard Treatment Procedure
After going over some of the basic types of implants, it has to be said that the most widely accepted and successful of all the implants is the osseointegrated implant, which was actually based on the discovery of a Swedish Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark.
He discovered that titanium could be incorporated successfully into a patient's bone when osteoblasts grow into and on the rough surface of the already implanted titanium. This will form both a structural and functional connection between a patient's living bone and the dental implant.
The actual procedure can be broken down into three steps. First comes the surgical placement of the dental implant or implants, then comes the healing period or osseointegration and finally implant restoration in order to replace the missing tooth.
The actual procedure may actually take place between two professionals. One may be the surgical dentist who is the one who actually places the implant, and the other may be a restorative dentist whose job it is to design, prescribe and insert the final replacement tooth or teeth. Some dentists go on to have advanced training and are able to provide both of these services.
Here are tips for you to follow so that you may be sure that your teeth implant will be a success. First, there is no need to worry or fret about the procedure. They have really become quite a standard oral surgery procedure now days and there is a high success rate. Dental implant failure is a rather rare condition when you follow the guidance of qualified professionals.
Thanks to the most recent dental implant technology, there have been a lot of patients that have reported experiencing little to no pain during their implant procedure. If you want to be made more comfortable during your treatment, sedation dentistry may be available.
Should you experience dental implant problems, after treatment, rest assure that most complications are treatable and even highly avoidable in the first place.
Your dentist will most probably give you post-operative care guidelines that will help.
Interestingly, low cost dental implants are offered and can have the same high quality results as the more expensive ones.
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