Dental Implants 101

Basic Oral Care

Did you just get injured and lose a tooth? Or has a high dose of medicine weakened your teeth causing you to lose a few of your pearly whites? Do not panic. You will not have to live the rest of your life with a gaping hole in your mouth. Dental implants are here to save you from the embarrassment of trying to laugh with a closed mouth or the uncomforting thought of mumbling all the time. Not really sure what they are and how the process works? Here is all that you need to know about dental implants.

The What and How of Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace your missing tooth. Fixed into the jaw, the artificial root is made up of titanium metal. Once the root is fixed, a natural looking tooth is fixed on top of it that functions like a normal tooth. The idea is to give you replacement teeth that look and feel as natural as possible. This is the reason why an implant is drilled into a specific location so that it doesn’t come out like dentures.

There are multiple methods that can be used and literally any tooth can be replaced. There are basically two kinds of implants, subperiosteal and endosteal.

A subperiosteal implant is one that is done on the bone. Mostly for people who do not have enough bone height for endosteal implant, this kind of implant has a metal framework that is placed on top of the jaw and the posts of the framework are attached to the gum.

An endosteal implant on the other hand is one that is drilled into the bone. This implant is most commonly used for patients where cylinders, screws or blades are inserted inside the jaw bone. People who do not want dentures or bridges opt for this implant, so that they do not have to keep removing their teeth.

Can You have Them?

So long as you have excellent oral health, why not? The only requirement for dental implant is the right amount of bone in your jaw. This is because implants are drilled into the bone, which means that if the density and height are not adequate, the process would not be successful. If for some reason your jaw did not grow naturally, or shrunk because of some disease, you can always have bone grafted to your jaw. Your dentist can easily do this for you.

All you need to do is have a session with your dentist and ask them what kind of implants will be best for you. Remember, once you have the implants inserted, you will have to keep good care of them. They are expensive, which is why you need to be very careful.

Another thing you need to be clear about is the fact that dental implants cannot be attached to your jaw in one session. 2-3 visits are necessary. So make sure you plan accordingly.

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