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What are Dental Teeth Implants

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Dec 31, 2014 2:00:00 PM

teeth implants_21773109_sYou have of late been having a problem with one of your pearly whites, which is not giving you enough reason to smile. The tooth is on its last legs and needs to go. So, what's next you wonder as you feel inhibited to face the world. Not to worry, because dental teeth implants are what the dentist ordered to get the smile back on your face!


Dental implant – How does it work?  

Titanium, a biocompatible material, is used to make dental teeth implants. The teeth implant is a titanium screw that the dentist uses to replace the root of a tooth which has decayed. These implants are cylindrical or tapered posts which can be used as a substitute for the tooth root.  Dental implants are useful in replacing an individual tooth or denture containing multiple teeth.

Undoubtedly, dental implants are the best available treatment for missing teeth. They may be the right choice for anyone missing one, multiple, or even all of their teeth due to any cause – decay, defects, injury or disease. It is possible to have any number of teeth replaced with implants be it one tooth or even a complete set. 

Initially, the dental implant specialist asks for a number of tests to be done to ascertain the condition of the jawbone. In the event of the bone being unhealthy, or if the bone is insufficient, then bone grafting needs to be performed before placing implants. 

Some people are concerned is the procedure of placing an implant is painful. The dentist uses a local anesthetic to do the procedure of placing an implant and this is rather painless, though some discomfort could be experienced in the week following the procedure. 

So, how does it work? To explain in detail, when a damaged or decayed tooth is removed, the crown (part of the tooth, which is visible) and the root are lost. The dental implant specialist positions the implant on the natural jawbone so that it can blend with the natural bone and provide a good foundation for the replacement tooth. 

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What are dental implants made of and how long do they last? Is it easy to care for dental implants and enhance their durability? These are perhaps some of the most common questions regarding dental implants.

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and are proven for safety and durability. 

  • •    The most common types of dental implants are Endosteal implants and Subperiosteal implants.
  • •    Endosteal implants are shaped like plates, cylinders or small screws and are fixed below the gum on, or above, the jawbone.  Implants come in different shapes and sizes, and the choice depends upon the tooth that needs replacement. 

Dental implants provide a natural look just like normal teeth and you can enjoy all activities you were doing earlier without thinking about your teeth. 

Why is it important to take care of implants?

You need to take care of dental implants well so that they serve you for a long time. Dental implants are proven, safe and tested have been in use for more than 30 years. Just like natural teeth, implants need to be cared for and maintained well. In the absence of proper oral hygiene, implants can cause bleeding of gums, soreness and infection. They can get a coating just like normal teeth when not brushed or flossed regularly. It is imperative to follow the same procedure of brushing and flossing teeth post dental implants to ensure they last long. When your teeth implants are well taken care of, they last many years. 

Teeth play a great role in your ability to converse, eat, smile, and engage in the activities you enjoy. Dental teeth implants are the best choice available to restore missing teeth and winning back lost confidence.  Are you ready for them?

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