What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium. It is inserted into the jaw to replace the root of a missing natural tooth. Adental crown is thenattached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the artificial tooth in place.
Who can get dental implants?
Patients who seek this treatment should be in good health, have healthy gums and have enough jawbone to support implant. In cases where the jawbone has shrunk, is weak, or has not developed normally, a bone graft may be necessary. At Brighten Your Smile dental clinic, our experts will tell you if you are eligible to either of those treatments. Restrictions apply. More often than not, people suffering from illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension cannot be treated. Therefore, notify your dentist of any chronic illness. Smoking habits should also be mentioned. Actually, patients should stop smoking 2 weeks prior to surgery and for at least 1 month afterwards.
During the first stage of surgery, the implantologist will start by inserting the dental implant into your jawbone, just beneath the gum tissue. That gum tissue is then stitched up. Over the following months, the tissue will heal and the implant will weld with the bone.
Once the tissue has healed, an imprint will be taken to craft the artificial tooth. The dentist will then attach an abutment to connect the implant to the crown once it is completed. Several appointments may be necessary to adjust the dental crown so that it fits perfectly onto the abutment.
Caring for my dental implant(s)
After everything is done, the dental surgeon will show you the specifics of dental implant cleaning. Checkups on a regular basis are recommended to allow the dentist to make sure everything is in order with your new implant. Artificial teeth are to be treated the same way as the rest of your teeth. To that effect, our Brighten Your Smile's staff would like to remind you that teeth are to be brushed at least twice a day and flossed daily.
- Avoiding bone loss, or gum recession associated with tooth loss
- Restoring adequate mastication for a better diet and improved health
- Preventing damage to healthy teeth, unlike a dental bridge
- Improving our patients' comfort
- Insuring a stable and reliable prosthesis