A Crash Course on Dental Implants

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are widely considered as  the most effective and longest lasting solution for individuals who have lost their teeth either from an accident that involved blunt force trauma, or from a serious case of tooth decay that warrants extraction of the affected teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are essentially made from medical-grade titanium screws, designed to act as replacements to the roots of teeth. These screws are implanted or screwed directly into the patient’s jawbone, acting as a sort of base for the artificial tooth to be attached to. Titanium is the metal of choice because it has been proven to bond with bone as time passes in a process called osseointegration. It takes around 3 to 6 months for the titanium implant to completely bond with the jawbone, after which time the implant is surgically uncovered and attached with a dental prosthesis. This attachment will then serve as the patient’s new tooth, fabricated to look and feel like the real thing.

Reasons for Getting Implants

Dental implants are highly sought after because they look like original teeth, are stable and rarely cause complications once implanted. They’re permanent nature also makes it easy for patients to continue on with their lives feeling secure and safe with their replacement teeth.

Surgical Procedure

The surgery required to extract the tooth’s remnants (if any) and embed the implant is a routine procedure, but there is still a degree of risk that can be mitigated by a dentist’s skill and experience. Fortunately, dental medicine and technologies associated with it have come a long way to a point that procedures almost guarantee success. Sensitivity to the metal implants is also rare, since the properties of titanium do not clash with the biological makeup in gums.

Still, care must be taken when approaching the subject of dental implants. We make it a point to wrok closely with patients in order to advise them on how to proceed with the steps on getting implants and whether or not they’re really needed. After the implants have been embedded, we also ensure that patients are carrying out dentist’s orders when it comes to taking care of the implant and avoiding post-operative infection.