What You Should Consider Before Undergoing a Dental Implant

Having missing teeth can make one feel self-conscious when talking, smiling, or eating, and also create oral health concerns for you. Fortunately, Prosthodontic Associates can can give dental implants that look, feel, and function as naturally as new teeth.

So, what is a dental implant?

This is an artificial root created from titanium metal. The root is lodged into the jawbone as a replacement of the root of the first tooth. An artificial tooth is then attached to the implant. An implant acts as a foundation that holds the artificial tooth in place.

Who performs this procedure?

Specialists who insert implants are known as oral and maxillofacial surgeons or periodontists. A specialist who places bridges, dentures, and crowns on implants is known as a prosthodontist.

Who is the right candidate for dental implants?

The good candidate for implants is one who has healthy gums as well as sufficient bone to sustain the implant. Those whose bone is soft or thin and cannot support an implant may be required to have a bone graft. If your upper jaw does not have enough bone height or your sinuses are extremely closer to the jaw, you might need a sinus lift. Note that, chronic illnesses such as leukemia and diabetes can hinder the healing process of the implant, and an ADA study reveals that smoking may double the probability of losing one altogether.

How do you care for your implants?

Since implants are planted in the jawbone, the artificial teeth attached to them look and act more like natural teeth. Like your natural teeth, you should clean your implants using a good toothbrush and floss. You should also have regular dental checkups so that your dentist can ascertain that your implants are not loose and that they are working properly.

What else should you know?

Implants are a bit more expensive than other types of replacement teeth and are mostly not covered by a dental plan. But, unless there are complications, it is just a one-time cost, unlike the other replacement procedures.
Though rare, possible complications arising from dental implants include numbness or injury to the nearby sinus cavity or muscles, infection, or bleeding. In other cases, the dental implant may not succeed because it didn’t bond with the bone.

Conclusion

Deciding to have dental implants at Build Your Smile is a huge step that requires extensive discussion with your dentist as well as dental specialists such as a periodontist or a prosthodontist. Your dentist should take x-rays, carefully examine your mouth, and review your health history so that you can have all the information needed by the specialist to analyze your tooth replacement options.

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