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Dental Implants – Procedure and Benefits

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Dental care treatment has become an absolute necessity for millions of people worldwide; in spite of improvements and advancements in dental care and health, people are afflicted by gum disease and tooth decay. Till a few decades ago, bridges and fixing dentures were two main options for treating people with missing, broken or in situations where teeth have to be surgically removed. visit

Modern day dental care includes dental implants that are replacement teeth roots. An implant can support one or more artificial teeth; the implant is a screw made of titanium that is fixed into the jawbone in place of a tooth root when it fails. They provide a strong foundation or base on which removable or permanent teeth can be fixed to match existing natural teeth.

There are many advantages to dental implants, some of which are:

  • Greater comfort – dental implants can help avoid discomfort of fixing and removing dentures.
  • Ease of chewing and eating food – dentures do not always fit 100 percent ; with use they become less fitting and chances of slipping out while chewing food are high. With dental implants, this problem is eliminated.
  • Better oral health – dental implants do not require other teeth to be modified or adjusted thus ensuring that more natural teeth are left unharmed thereby improving dental health and hygiene in the long-term.
  • Improvement in appearance – since dental implants are so designed that they fuse with the jawbone; they become permanent and feel like natural teeth.
  • Speech improvement – unlike slurring or mumbling sometimes caused by dentures, implants do not slip ensuring better speech and communication.
  • More confidence and self esteem – a good smile brings back confidence and a spring in the step.
  • Convenience – dentures have to be removed and cleaned everyday; with dental implants this is not necessary at all.
  • Durability – dental plates can last a lifetime with proper care and regular dental check-up.

Implant Procedure

Any dental implants may be placed under local anesthesia in the dentist’s clinic. A slightly more difficult treatment may necessitate admission to the hospital and intravenous sedation. Every dental implant treatment is unique because it takes into account the patient’s preferences, the dental surgeon’s expertise, and the general necessity of the case.

Since each stage takes time to recover, the treatment is normally done in three stages.

1st phase

This entails burying the dental plate flush with the gum, as though it were the tooth’s root. This is to allow the implant time to regenerate and to shield it from force. Once the curing time has passed, the dental implant is surgically exposed by scraping any of the gum that has been protecting it. The term ‘osseointegrate’ refers to this method of incorporation.

2nd Phase

The dental surgeon examines the implant to see if it has successfully integrated into the gum and places a post or’abutment’ that is drilled through the gum in this step. When the gum tissue recovers, a collar wraps around the implant, allowing the dentist access to the implant when placing the artificial or prosthetic tooth.

In certain instances, measures 1 and 2 are performed simultaneously at short intervals. The benefit is that it eliminates an additional surgical procedure; however, the dental surgeon must make this decision based on the time required for the implant to heal and integrate.

If phases 1 and 2 are completed at various times, the time period between them will range from a few days to a few weeks.

3rd phase

The manufacturing and attachment of the prosthetic tooth or teeth to the incorporated dental implants is the final stage.

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