If you have one or several missing teeth, or if partial or full dentures don't work for you, you'll want to talk with your dentist about replacements that can be as natural as possible. A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for a root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. Unlike a clumsy, removable dental prosthesis, dental implants are stationary, anchored securely into the jaw itself.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you have jawbone (alveolar) ridges and soft tissue that are in good health. When the implant device is surgically placed into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. As the body heals for approximately two to six months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. The jawbone actually grows into the implant yielding a comfortable and sure fit. Once restored, they will look and feel as good as (or better than) your original teeth.
After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor tooth crowns, a dental bridge or removable dentures. Single dental implants are the most natural replacement for a missing tooth.
Prior to treatment, a thorough evaluation of the patient's medical and dental history is necessary, along with a complete clinical examination of the entire mouth, as well as the area of the missing tooth or teeth. The dental exam will include X-rays, a periodontal exam and often, diagnostic casts.
After assessing the patient, comprehensive dental treatment planning may be prepared to include implants that would be surgically placed in the jawbone, usually under local anesthesia.
When considering dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with in-depth knowledge and prior experience with all aspects of the treatment. Implant treatment consists of two components, a oral surgery phase and a dental restorations phase. Customarily, this may include an oral surgeon or periodontist for placement of the implant(s) and a general dentist or prosthodontist to complete the restorations. However, as implant dentistry has become more sophisticated, sometimes a dentist who specializes in restorative dentistry conducts the entire procedure.
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