A dental implant is a functioning part of an artificial tooth. It functions like a metallic root that is firmly embedded in the jaw and can form a foundation for bridge work or new teeth. Dental implants are a good option for people who have lost teeth due to disease, decay or even serious accidents.
Who needs a Dental Implant?
Where there is a missing tooth, and no chance of a new tooth growing on its own, a dental implant is the sophisticated solution. The most important condition for this procedure is that the subject is in good health especially in the bone where the dental implant will be placed. The best conditions for dental implants are firm pink healthy gums with no presence of disease or atrophy.
An overview of the Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure of installing an implant in the jaw is a joint effort between a dentist, a periodontist, and the patient. A plan for a suitable treatment for the needs of the patient will be drawn up by the dentist and periodontist.
If the implant is only to support a single tooth, you will only need one implant and a crown. If several teeth will be replaced, two or more implants will be needed to support the teeth or bridgework as needed. It is quite possible to install a complete set of teeth with only a few implants.
Sufficient bone tissue to support bridgework is essential to the success of a dental implant. The back of the jaw is one of the most problematic regions for an implant and often requires sinus augmentation to support the implant.
Deformities of the jaw can also make applying a dental implant difficult. In situations where deformities obstruct the application of a dental implant, the gum may need to be peeled back in a surgical procedure and the deformity addressed before the dental implant can be replaced. These defects can be grafted and formed with actual bone or synthetic materials. This procedure not only improves the functionality of the implant but the aesthetics of the face and jaw.
Just like your real teeth, these new implants and crowns will need diligent cleaning daily to stay in good shape. In addition to looking and feeling just like the real deal, a dental implant can also function completely normal and easily chew through all species of food. Be sure to floss, brush and clean regularly to avoid replacements.