Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for Dental Implants
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, enhancing your smile and self-confidence.
They eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures, ensuring a comfortable fit and feel.
Unlike dentures, implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without discomfort.
Dental implants are designed to last many years, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Better Oral Health
Individual implants allow access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
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Who is a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?
Primarily, suitable candidates for dental implants are individuals who are in good general and oral health, with sufficient bone density in the jaw to support the implant. They should have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. It’s also crucial for the candidate to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to ensure the longevity of the implant.
Individuals suffering from certain chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, or patients who have undergone radiation therapy to the head/neck area, may need to be evaluated individually. Smokers may also face complications as it impairs proper healing. Always consult with your dental healthcare provider to determine if dental implants are the right option for you. Learn more about dental implants to see if you are eligible for dental implants.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous advantages, enhancing not only your oral health but also your overall quality of life. Here are some notable benefits:
Dental implants are fixed firmly into your jaw, preventing the slipping that can occur with dentures and consequently cause speech problems. With implants, you can speak clearly and confidently.
Enhanced Chewing Ability
As dental implants function like your natural teeth, they allow you to eat your favorite foods without pain or discomfort, improving your chewing ability.
Improved Facial Appearance
Dental implants help preserve the natural shape of your face and smile. They prevent facial sagging and premature aging that often occurs over time with missing teeth.
Prevention of Bone Loss
When you lose teeth, you also tend to lose bone mass in your jaw. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that also replaces jaw bone stimulation, helping to prevent bone loss.
Maintenance of Oral Health
Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, dental implants don’t require altering other teeth. As a result, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Plus, individual implants allow easier access between teeth, enhancing oral hygiene.
With their durability, convenience, and natural appearance, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental problems.
What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed simultaneously.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
Post-Operative Care Instructions for Dental Implants
Post-operative care is crucial for the successful healing and longevity of your dental implants. Here are some instructions and tips to help you maintain oral hygiene and avoid complications during the recovery period:
Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Consider using a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid irritating the surgical site. In addition to brushing and flossing, you might also use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help prevent infection.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Both smoking and alcohol can interfere with the healing process of the implant. It’s imperative to abstain from both during the recovery period to promote proper healing and avoid potential implant failure.
A balanced, nutritious diet can aid in faster healing. Opt for soft foods and plenty of liquids in the initial days after surgery to avoid putting pressure on the implant site. Gradually reintroduce harder foods into your diet as the surgical site heals.
Limited Physical Activity
Limit strenuous physical activity for a few days after surgery as it can increase bleeding at the surgical site.
Avoid Disturbing the Surgical Site
Do not poke or prod the surgical area with your tongue or fingers, and be careful not to bite down on it. Disturbing the site can lead to unnecessary complications and delay the healing process.
Regular Dental Check-ups
Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments so your dentist can monitor your healing and address any potential problems promptly.
Following these instructions can significantly increase the likelihood of a successful recovery and ensure the longevity and functionality of your dental implants.