Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Contrary to popular belief, a dental implant is not the phrase used for an artificial tooth. It is the phrase used for the artificial root of a tooth. They are a very effective way to replacing one or a few missing teeth.

This root, shaped just like the actual tooth root is placed inside the jaw bone surgically and is not visible after the procedure. The artificial tooth itself, the part that is visible, is called a crown.

Dental implants are mainly used in order to secure a crown or bridge, but are sometimes used to help stabilise dentures. The biological basis of this implant’s success is the use of titanium to make these implants. Titanium is lightweight, resilient and it allows the bone to grow up to its surface, making it very strong. More importantly, it is completely biocompatible, so the body does not reject it. Titanium and its alloys are used very frequently in other parts of the body today in modern medicine.

When a tooth is lost, the bone supporting it is lost too. Placing a dental implant there prevents further bone loss by stabilising the bone. Furthermore, it aids the maintenance of the density and shape of the jaw bone. Amongst all dental procesures, the highest success rate is that of the dental implant.

Before you opt for any such procedure, you should know what to expect after receiving a dental implant. There will be a short period of discomfort and swelling, and the affected area may bleed on and off. This is supposed to go away in a matter of days.

As far as maintenance is concerned, first and foremost, you need to keep in mind, that just like your normal teeth, your implants need daily care to keep them clean and free of plaque.

Therefore, regular brushing and flossing is still a constant. In addition to the regular at home oral care and dental visits, you would have to add a few more visits to sit with your dentist and work on a great care plan for yourself. This would include follow up visits to ensure that no infection of any sort has developed and your oral cavity is healthy.

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