Find Out Everything About Dental Implant Surgery
A healthy and beautiful smile can’t be achieved with missing or crooked teeth. There several ways to restore the function of damaged or missing teeth, and the dental implant is one of them.
Information About Dental Implants
A healthy and beautiful smile can’t be achieved with missing teeth or large spaces. There are several ways to restore the function of damaged or missing teeth, and placing a dental implant is one of them. Dental implants is a process that involves the placement of the titanium implant into space in the bone. Surgical fixtures are fixed into your jawbone, and within few months, they will fuse with the bone. The entire healing process may take a few months from placement to restoration.
Dental implants are used to replace the roots of extracted teeth. They are fixed directly into the jawbone to fuse with the bone and provide the support needed. To form the entire tooth structure, crowns, bridges or dentures are attached.
What are dental implants? A Dental implant is one of the most common methods of replacing missing teeth. An implant imitates the function of a natural root of the tooth. This is due to its ability to fuse with the bone and provide the support needed without disturbing the neighboring teeth. It is very easy for implants to integrate with bones because they are made of materials like titanium that can’t be detected by the body as foreign objects.
Why Do You Need Dental Implants?
There a number of reasons you might need a dental implant. Was your tooth recently pulled? Did your tooth having a serious decay and could not be saved? To restore you teeth using crowns or dentures, bridges or dental fillings, you will need to have strong roots to support the procedure. Dental implants may be necessary to fix the damage, especially if the root is affected. Implants work well for most people, but one must have enough bone for the implants to be fixed. In addition, one should be free of periodontal disease because such a disease can severely damage the jawbone and gum. The surgery is not recommended for chronic smokers, a person with uncontrolled diabetes, a person who has undergone radiotherapy on the head and neck, a person with autoimmune disease or taking medicines for autoimmune conditions. In other words, a good implant surgery candidate should have no health issues that will affect the healing process.
Who Is More Susceptible to Needing a Dental Implant?
Tooth loss is a common dental problem that is caused by poor dental care, injury, illness, or old age among other things. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, you make it very easy for gum disease and cavities to attack, which might result to loss of teeth. When the tooth surface isn’t properly cleaned, plaque might build-up and cause tooth decay and cavities. Thus, if you don’t take good care of your overall dental health, you might end-up undergoing an implant surgery in order to replace the missing teeth caused by tooth decay.
Generally, you will need a dental implant when replacing teeth, which have been lost via decay, damage or fractures. Instead of wearing removable dentures, you should go for implant-supported dentures as an option, which will help to fix the dentures permanently. If your dental structure is damaged and you don’t want the discomfort of a removable prosthesis, then implant surgery is a great option for you!
How Do You Treat a Patient While Undergoing Dental Implant Surgery?
First the dentist has to plan how and where the implant will be placed. Implant surgery is complex and needs thorough planning from start to finish. The dentist has to ensure the process will not affect the neighboring teeth or the existing anatomy. X-rays and CT scans are necessary to evaluate the surrounding teeth and bone structure. With the latest technology, there are 3D imaging programs that can help the dentist to get a clear picture of your jawbone, skull, sinus, and jaw-line to ensure there is adequate bone. The dentist may also use a precision surgical guide to determine your bite (occlusion) and serve as a guideline of exactly where the implant must be placed for the most ideal restoration.
If you are anxious, you should communicate this with your dentist prior to the surgery process. You will not experience any pain during the surgery, but after the surgery, you may experience mild pain or little discomfort. Use of local anesthesia is necessary during implant surgery.
During the surgery, the first step is called a ‘site preparation.’ The dentist will carry out an osteotomy – drilling a hole into the bone. Some cuts (incisions or flaps) are made on the gum tissue in order to access the bone by allowing visualization of the bone location and shape. Sometimes the incisions or flaps may not be required if there is a guarantee the placement can be accurate, which usually requires high-level of expertise and very accurate surgical guides. To ensure accurate fixing of the implants the dentist will have to use a surgical guide or template. Drilling is a very important implant procedure to ensure the implant fusing to the bone will be a success.
Once the drilling is done, you can place the implants. The implants should be sterile prior to fixing. In fact, you should not touch the implants surfaces with your bare hands to avoid contamination. Immediately the implants are removed from their sterile packaging, they should be fixed on the drilled sites. Radiographs are taken during the fixing procedure and after to confirm and correct the positioning of the implants.
The final procedure may need stitching of the flaps. You should use stitches that can be resorbed so that you won’t have to go for a second visit to have them removed.
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What Are the Symptoms of Someone Who Needs a Dental Implant?
If you have a missing or damaged tooth, you should consult your dentist for the way forward. If the root of the tooth in question is still strong and intact, then there will be no need of dental implants. Usually, dental implants are fixed on the jawbone in case the tooth root is rotten, damaged or knocked out together with the enamel. However, you should consult your dentist to determine whether the treatment can work for you. The following are the symptoms of someone who needs implant surgery;
- Missing tooth
- Tooth decay
- Tooth fracture
- Tooth injury
- Tooth defect
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Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants have the following benefits:
Aesthetic Appeal: Dental implants look and feel like real teeth. Since they are attached to the bone, they also function like real teeth. Furthermore, since they are designed specifically for you, they enhance your aesthetic appeal.
Enhancing Speech: Ill-fitted dentures or misaligned teeth can lead to severe speech impediments. As such, dental implants ensure that you can speak without your teeth slipping or your words slurring.
Comfortable: Removable dentures are not completely a part of you so they can be uncomfortable. However, dental implants are attached to your teeth and one with your body, which makes them feel completely natural and comfortable.
Ease with Eating: Dental implants can get rid of any toothache you may have experienced while eating with misaligned teeth. Furthermore, unlike dentures, dental implants don’t slide off.
Boost Confidence: With perfectly designed teeth, you can finally smile to your heart’s content. This can also boost your confidence and allow you to interact with new people, giving you the potential for both professional and personal advancements.
Durability: With dental implants, you don’t need to use messy adhesives and you don’t need to ever take them out. Furthermore, they are highly durable and last over a decade if you care for them properly.
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