A dental implant helps in supporting one or more of the false teeth with a titanium screw that can replace the root of the tooth when it fails. Almost all dental implants used today are made of titanium or its alloy and is very well tolerated by the bone. The terms ‘osseointegrated implants’ or ‘endosseous implants’ are widely used to describe dental implants that can develop and maintain a close union with bone in order to support replacement teeth.
Implants are considered by dentists to be safe. They even recommend that implants are the best way to go as they have a longevity similar to natural teeth if proper care is taken. It is important, therefore, to look after your implants and go for regular check-ups that will help to ensure how long they will last. A coating develops on the teeth if you leave your teeth unattended which ultimately results in gum infection, bleeding, soreness among other problems. If you take good care of your implants, like your natural teeth it will survive for a longer duration, However, like all surgical implants, dental implants do not come with a lifetime guarantee.
A dental implant as mentioned above is a substitute for your natural tooth or teeth and is a screw that is cylindrical in shape. Each implant is placed carefully drilled in the socket. The main aim of the implant is to achieve close contact with the surrounding bone to achieve a firm grounding. In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of an internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted.
There are some procedures before you and your dentist decide on the dental implant method treatment. Before proceeding, you are required to undergo x-rays so that your dentist has an idea regarding the thickness of your jawbone. The x-ray will also help the doctor to locate the structure of your mouth and the position of your teeth. The good news is that dental implant surgeries are done under local anesthesia which means you will suffer minimum pain during the surgery. Before the surgery, it is recommended that you have a discussion with your dentist regarding the surgical procedures so that you are mentally prepared for the same.
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In case you are not happy with the surgical procedures, you can opt for alternatives to dental implants that includes false teeth or removable dentures or a bridge where a false teeth is fixed onto your adjacent natural teeth.