Dental Implants Procedure Can Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, and the procedure offers many advantages over earlier treatments. They are comfortable, durable and look and feel authentic. Talking and eating with them is just as enjoyable as with real teeth. Although your dental implants are artificial, there is no effect on the surrounding teeth, and you remain protected from bone loss.

The only requirement for having dental implants to replace lost teeth is to have healthy gums and bones that are needed for support. If your jawbone is not normally developed, or has shrunk, a bone graft can be used to add new bone to your jaw, and consulting with your dentist or dental surgeon will tell you if a graft is necessary.

Dental implants are artificial roots that are made of titanium metal. They are normally infused into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth. Artificial replacement teeth are then attached to the implant, which acts as an anchor, holding the replacement teeth in place. Implants are usually done by specially trained periodontists or oral and maxillofacial or oral surgeons.

The implant will require several visits: The first visit will usually be a consultation where your mouth will be carefully examined, and will involve taking x-ray images of your head, mouth teeth and jaws, to determine if implants are suitable.

• A titanium implant is inserted into your jawbone during the first stage of surgery. As the jawbone heals over several months, the implant bonds with the bone and gum tissue.

• In the second stage of surgery, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment is a post to which the replacement tooth will be attached. In some cases, the two stages can be combined.

An artificial tooth is made and your dental specialist will attach it to the abutment. It may take several visits to ensure that the replacement tooth properly fitted and securely attached to the abutment. Some discomfort, pain or swelling may be experienced and your dentist may recommend some over the counter pain medication. It may also be suggested that you consume softer foods until the discomfort disappears. Implants may cost more than other tooth replacement solutions, but it is a one-time cost, and may or may not be covered by your dental plan.

There may be some very rare instances, when complications may develop with dental implants. These complications can be the result of improper bonding of the implant to the bone of the jaw. Some reported results of complications include bleeding gums, infections, or injury of the sinus cavity or surrounding muscles.

Implants may be the best choice to replace missing teeth, and many people with missing teeth are often reluctant to smile because of the unsightly gap. Chewing correctly may also be a problem, when the teeth and gums become misaligned, leading to crooked teeth, as well as gum diseases. Dental implants can help to boost confidence, by ensuring the display of an engaging smile that was lost due to missing teeth.

Source by Afshin Nejad

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