A dental implant is a root device, normally made of titanium, which dental surgeons use in cosmetic dentistry. Implants support dental restorations created to resemble and function like a natural tooth or group of teeth, in order to replace those that are missing or badly damaged. Dental teeth implants are the most reliable method of tooth restoration and dentists utilize them in most cases where a single or multiple teeth are lost. Implants provide people with the stability and strength necessary to eat the foods they love without struggling to chew. They also stimulate and strengthen the jawbone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain youthful facial features. Implants make it possible to get that healthy smile back.
To evaluate whether dental teeth implants are appropriate for the patient, there should be a consultation between the dentist and the oral surgeon. The implant surgeon conducts an initial consultation assessment during the first appointment. The implant practitioner thoroughly checks the teeth and gums to see whether the bone is of the required density. During this stage, a series of x-rays and computer tomography scans, commonly referred to as CT scans, are carried out to determine whether there is sufficient bone structure for placing the implant, and also to decide exactly where the surgeon will insert the dental implant.
Patients with insufficient gum and bone tissue will have to undergo bone grafting, because the bone provides the foundation for the implants and therefore should be strong and stable. Bone grafting involves additional surgery and therefore increases the treatment period. It will also add more to the overall cost; however, patients cannot bypass this crucial step in implant preparation, as it is a key component of a successful implant procedure.
The oral surgeon will give the patient an idea of how long the entire treatment process will take and how many appointments are necessary. They also explain what to expect after each procedure. It is important to point out that many people believe implants are not for elderly people – this is not true, as there is no age limit for dental implant treatment.
The main factors for determining suitability are density of the jawbone and optimal general and oral health. Worthing Dental Centre can attest to the fact that during the initial consultation, if the dental implantologist determines that a patient fits these requirements, they will consider them a suitable candidate for undergoing the treatment.
Some people think that it is not necessary to brush their teeth after dental teeth implants because they are not natural teeth. The truth is there should be perfect oral hygiene to ensure a healthy mouth. Implants require regular cleaning and flossing to prevent gum infections, just like natural teeth. However, implants are easy to care for, because patients can clean them at the same time and in the same way as their own natural teeth. Patients should also avoid smoking and the dental implantologist will advise patients who smoke to stop during the treatment period.
For those who dread the costs of dental implants, it is important to point out that the cost of dental implants is usually lower than dentures or fixed bridges in the end. This is because teeth implants are much stronger and last longer than dentures and bridges, which often have to be replaced every five to seven years. In addition, tooth implants do not hurt, thanks to the advancements in modern dentistry.