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Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts (metal "roots") that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are accepted by human body.

A dental implant may be right for you if:

  1. You worry about your smile because you have missing teeth.
  2. You wear dentures that are uncomfortable.
  3. You are dissatisfied with your removable partial dentures.
  4. You want to keep your other teeth intact.

Many patients find that an implant is a good replacement for their missing tooth because it is secure and stable. A tooth implant is a surgical procedure, so its not an option for everyone.

Good candidates for an implant include people who :

  1. Have good overall health.
  2. Have adequate bone to support the implant.
  3. Have the ability to have surgery to build up the area needing the implant.
  4. Have the desire to commit to daily oral care routine and regular dental visits.

People with chronics illness not be good candidates for implants because it can take them longer to heal after surgery. Using tobacco and other products such as electronics cigarettes can also slow healing. Your dentist can help you decide if implant treatment is a good option for you.

What's involved?

The length of treatment depends on many things, including type and location of implant, your bones structure and overall health. Your dentist will outline the tratment plan with the best chance of success for you.

There are three general phases of implant treatment:

  1. Placement of the implant : The dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. There may be some swelling and/or tenderness after the surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed to ease the discomfort. The dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods during the healing process.
  2. The Healing Process : What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. This is a process that takes time. Some patients might need to wait several months until the implant is completely healed before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and temporary teeth placed all in one visit.
  3. Replacing your missing tooth or teeth : The dentist or a lab will custom-make a crown, bridge or dentures to fit your month and your implants. Once completed, the man-made teeth are attached to the implants posts.

It can take some time to make the crown, bridge or dentures that will attach to the implant. Your dentist may give you something temporary to fill the space. This can help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.

Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of the implant. You will need to make sure the area around the implant is especially clean. Your dentist may recommend that you use a special toothbrush, called an interproximal brush, or a mouth rinse to help prevent gum problems.

Advantages of Implants :

  1. An implant is most similar to a natual tooth and often feels more comfortable.
  2. Nearby teeth remain intact and do not have to be involved in the placement procedure.
  3. Implants are a good value because they can last a lifetime with good care.
  4. Implants may help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss.
  5. May fit better and be more comfortable than removable partial dentures.

Disadvantages :

  1. Implants require surgery, so they are not right for everyone.
  2. Implant placement may take longer and may require more dental visits than other options.
  3. Implants may cost more than other treatments.

Single Implant Crown

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Implant Bridge

implant bridge

Implant Over-denture

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