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A Trusted Process
Dental implants have been used in dentistry for many years. They have become one of the mainstream options for replacing one or more missing teeth. They can even be placed in strategic locations to replace multiple teeth with a bridge, denture, or full arch of teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
An Implant is made of titanium, which is medical grade and easily accepted by the surrounding jawbone. It looks very much like a traditional screw, and acts as a replacement for the tooth root. Once the implant is stable in the bone, other parts are used to complete the restoration. Abutments are metal attachments that connect to the implant and allow for a crown to be placed. Some implant crowns are attached using screws, and some are attached to an abutment using traditional dental cement.
The Dental Implant Process
To give the implant and crown the best chance for success, most implant restorations are placed in stages. First, an oral surgeon or periodontist will surgically place the implant into the bone in the desired location. Dr. Waters will ensure your referral to a local surgeon that he works with on a regular basis, who has years of experience placing implants. Next, you will likely need to wait a few months for the implant to become very stable in the bone. Then you will return to Dr. Waters, and he will place the proper abutment and crown or bridge on the implant(s). A bit of patience is required, but the end result is worth it!
Can Anyone Get a Dental Implant?
As with any medical treatment, there are certain limitations and risk factors. Dr. Waters will discuss your medical history and any possible issues. Smoking is not an absolute contraindication, but it does decrease the chances of implant success. Also, there has to be enough bone density and thickness in the area where the implant needs to be placed. Sometimes bone grafting can be done to help with this issue. Also, implants work best in areas where the adjacent teeth and gums are healthy. A history of periodontal disease and bone loss is a major risk factor.
How Do I Take Care of Implants Once They Are Placed?
Implants with attached crowns or bridges are a lot like regular teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same number of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.