Monday, February 16, 2015

What are Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer people an alternative to the traditional ways of replacing missing teeth. The actual implant is an artificial root [anchor] made from synthetic material, usually titanium metal. There are three phases to the implant process.
First, the dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. It takes 3-6 months to fuse with the bone [called osseointegration]. An abutment [post] is attached to the implant and protrudes above the gum tissue. A replacement restoration is cemented or screwed to the implant abutment. Depending on the situation, dental implants can support a fixed crown or bridge or act as a stabilizing base for a full denture. The procedure can take up to 9-12 months for completion and has a high degree of success.
Some individuals have had so much bone resorption [loss] that the remaining bony ridge is too thin to hold an implant. In many cases, synthetic or natural bone can be grafted [added] or grown to allow for dental implants as an alternative treatment.
Implants have a great advantage for people already wearing full dentures since they can support and stabilize the denture while minimizing further bone loss of the denture ridge.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. There are certain risk factors that may limit success including smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, chronic bruxism [grinding teeth], systemic problems such as diabetes and individuals with poor oral hygiene.
Dental implants offer a “second chance” to those who have lost all of their teeth. For people missing only one or several teeth, dental implants provide benefits as an alternative way to restore your mouth. To determine if implants are for you, a clinical examination, x-rays, study casts and other appropriate records and measurements will be necessary. Call our office at (757) 229-1224 if you have questions or would like to schedule an implant exam.

2 comments:

  1. Nice post shared on dental implants. In addition to the benefits which you have mentioned in your post, the sophisticated tooth replacement solution also provides other benefits including improved appearance, improved speech, eat better and comfortably, improved oral health, improved self esteem, improved comfort and eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures for cleaning. It is true that not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. It can only be determined by an experienced dental implant dentist after undergoing a dental examination and some X rays. Almost 95% of patients can be considered a candidate for dental implants.

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  2. Friendly and professional. I am very pleased with my procedure and plan to bring in my daughter for some work on her smile. Dental Implants

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