For decades, dentures were the only viable way to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Now we have other options, including dental implants. People love them. We surgically place dental implants but also service existing dental implants. Read all about them below.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Here’s a not-so-simple but accurate definition: A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw-like post that replaces the root of a tooth. The post is “implanted” into a hole in the jawbone (where a root used to be). Bone will grow around the implant, securing it and making it permanent.
What Are Dental Implants Used For?
Once the titanium implant secures itself to the jawbone, two things can happen. (1) The Drs. will attach a man-made tooth made from ceramic or metal that looks and feels like a real tooth. (2) Or the implant(s) can serve as the anchor for a bridge or denture.
Who Can Use Dental Implants?
Many, but not all, can benefit from a dental implant. Why? First, because surgery is required, the candidate must have a strong immune system. Second, the candidate must have the proper bone density so the implant can take hold.
After Dental Implant Surgery
Because surgery is part of the implant process, patients are given anesthesia during surgery – and sometimes during post-surgery. After the procedure, patients also receive antibiotics to ward off infection. To help the implant last a long time, the patient must observe proper oral hygiene and get proper dental care.