Dental implants are one of the “greatest inventions in dental technology” according to Dr. Hutchison. They have significantly changed the face of dentistry over the past 25-years. So what exactly are dental implants and how are they used to replace missing teeth?
A dental implant replaces the root or roots of a tooth. They are secured to the jawbone and are not visible after surgical placement. Several months after placement, an abutment is added to the implant to allow for the final crown restoration to be placed, completing the implant treatment. Abutments can also be used to secure dentures by a variety of means. Implants are made of titanium, a lightweight, biocompatible, and strong metal that is not rejected by the human body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metal in not only dental bone, but other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. When comparing any implanted surgical device, dental implants have the highest success rates.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, if you are in good overall health but have lost teeth, you would be considered a candidate for dental implants. It is important to mention that there are some diseases and conditions that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. For example, cancer, diabetes that is not controlled, smoking, alcoholism, radiation to the jaw, periodontal disease (gum disease) may affect the overall successful outcome of an implant placement. It is vital to let us know about your medical state (past and present) as well as any medications you may be taking (prescribed, herbal or over-the-counter).
What Type of Maintenance is Required for Dental Implants?
Implants do require routine maintenance. Not only is good daily oral hygiene important (brushing and flossing), but it is equally important to see us on a regular basis as well. Special instruments are used to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Our doctors will need to monitor your implant to make sure the integrity of the osseointegration is stable, and that the crown or denture is functioning adequately.
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