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What Are Dental Implants and When Are They Used

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You are likely to learn about dental implants if you require a replacement tooth, or teeth, with there being a number of different options available for teeth replacement, many of which involve dental implants.

Utilizing innovative technology, dental implants are used to support artificial replacement teeth, with the implant of an artificial root into the jawbone. This replaces the original, natural root with a titanium metal post, helping to anchor the artificial tooth, or teeth in place, making dental implants a durable, long term, and low maintenance option.

Who performs dental implants?

Dentists who specialize in dental implants and other similar procedures are known as periodontists. Using their advanced training and skills, they are able to perform these oral surgeries to provide a seamless transition to dental implants,restoring the natural smile and the ability to speak and eat normally.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Although dental implants represent one of the most effective and permanent ways of replacing a missing tooth, there are certain people who are more suited to this surgery than others.

For those fortunate to have healthy gums and a strong jawbone to hold the implant, dental implants are likely to be a good choice. There may be complications, however, if your jawbone is not of a sufficient strength, with a bone graft possibly still allowing the dental implant to occur.

Your periodontist will be able to advise you fully on your particular requirements, once they have given your jaw a complete exam. If dental implants are not a viable option, there will certainly be other procedures they can recommend.

Looking after your dental implants

As dental implants are fixed directly into your jawbone, once they are healed, regular everyday dental care is all that is required. This means that the replacement teeth the implants support need to be kept clean of food debris and other substances, just as your natural teeth also require cleaning and maintenance. This is important for maintaining gum health. Accordingly, regular brushing with a toothbrush and thorough flossing is highly recommended.

Along with this, routine check-ups to your dentist are an essential routine to maintain, as this allows the dentist to check your oral health. Furthermore, it also ensures that the dental implants and the crowns, dentures, or bridges attached to them are monitored.

Speaking to a Periodontist

If you are considering dental implants, the next stage is to have a periodontist assess your teeth, gums, and jaw and to advise you on the best treatment option to restore your smile.