Dental implants are a great solution for patients looking to replace missing teeth. Most of the time, they can be used as an alternative or even in conjunction with removable dentures (partial and complete). They provide superior support that is unmatched by most other restoration solutions in the market today.
Dental implants are usually reserved for people who have lost their teeth and cannot get dentures, bridges or crowns.Dental implants are artificial teeth that your dentist will place in a surgery. The implant itself is made from titanium and looks natural, while the crown or bridge covers it. Implants last quite long because they’re strong and durable but may need to be tightened or replaced as a result of normal wear like any other body part.
The titanium implant is inserted into the jaw, below the gums. This surgery usually takes about one to two hours per implant and then the restoration is normally completed after approximately 3 months.
After surgery, your jaw will need six months to heal and the implant should integrate with the bone. You may also require a second operation if you’re getting an unattached type of implant. This is due to needing another “post” anchored into place in order for it to be secure enough on its own without risking being knocked out by eating or biting down too hard.
After the healing process, your dentist will mold the crown to fit on top of your tooth post. Since this may require more than one fitting, this process can span over a couple of months.
Once your dentist completes the treatment, they will provide you with detailed after-care instructions. To help maintain and improve the quality of your new dental implant, be sure to engage in good oral hygiene habits like brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes each time along with healthy eating habits such as drinking water throughout the day which should not include any sugary drinks. Finally don’t forget that regular appointments are necessary, starting within six months following installation.