A dental implant is the process of surgically anchoring an artificial tooth root (synthetic material) into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The advantage of using implants is that they do not rely on neighboring teeth for any support, they are permanent and stable. Implants are a popular and nice solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural and like a normal teeth.
Types of Implant
The implant materials are made from the different types of materials including metallic and bone-like ceramic that are compatible with the body tissue. There are numerous types of dental implants:
- The first type looks like a normal teeth. This involves placing the implant into the jaw bone.
- The second type is a costume made metal framework that fits on the existing bone. This type is used when the jaw structure is limited.
Is it Right For You?
We recommend you talk to your dentist about whether or not you are a dental implant candidate. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place. People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from any chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, then your success rate for an implant decreases drastically. Furthermore, people who smoke and/or drink alcohol may not be good candidates.
What to Expect
The dentist will perform surgery to anchor the “artificial root” into or on your jaw bone. The local anesthesia will be present in the dental office will the procedure is performed.. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.
The process can take up to nine months to complete. New technology is coming in place to decrease the time of procedure and healing time. The healing time will vary for each patient. After the screws and posts are placed surgically, the healing process can take up to six months and the fitting of replacement teeth take an additional two months.
If the implant is placed in the front of the lower jaw, the success rate is 95%. If it is placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw, the success rate is 85%. At dental implant Wellington, we want to increase the chances of success as much as possible.
Your overall health may affect the success rate of dental implants. Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants fail. It is important to floss and brush around the fixtures at least twice a day, without using metal objects for cleaning. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants. Additional cleanings of up to four times per year may be necessary to ensure that you retain healthy gums.