A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces a tooth that has been taken out. Implants are natural-looking, can provide support for dentures, and do not affect the teeth bordering them. They are as stable as your real teeth and protect you from the loss of jawbone, which occurs when you lose teeth.
You may need an implant if you have lost a tooth because of tooth decay or an accident. To receive an implant, you need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant.
After your tooth has been removed:
When you get dental implants, you’ll be able to face the world with a confident smile. The benefit is immediate. The teeth look and feel natural and are very durable (they may last longer than your real teeth). Dental implants improve appearance and self esteem right away.
Dental Implants also help your other teeth and your general health. Having teeth missing can create problems with the remaining teeth. The remaining teeth can be pushed apart or together and can become lost themselves. That’s why it is so important to handle missing teeth as soon as possible.Dental implants have been around for over 50 years and are an effective treatment for missing teeth.
Your dentist, oral surgeon, or gum disease specialist (periodontist) will place an anchor and post in your jawbone. The anchor functions as the tooth root and is made from metals such as titanium. The post extends out of the anchor. Your new tooth will attach to the post. It takes 3 to 6 months for the jawbone to grow around the anchor and hold it in place. Some dentists use two operations to put in the anchor and the post.
When the anchor is well attached to the bone, your dentist will cement the artificial tooth (crown) to the implant. You may have swelling and/or tenderness for a few days after the surgery, and your dentist may give you pain medicine. Your dentist may also suggest that you eat only soft foods for a period of time. After you have an implant, it stays in. You do not have to remove it for cleaning or soaking, as you do dentures. It is just as important to brush and floss implants as it is with natural teeth. If bacteria builds up on implants, you can end up with gum disease and bone loss. While it can make sense to wait a little longer to get a haircut, it makes no sense at all to wait on dental implants. They are a long term solution to a very annoying problem that will only get worse if not handled!
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