Have Questions about Dental Implants? Ask an Expert! Dr. Baniwal answers the most common questions about dental implants.
Dental implants: What are they?
A dental implant, which is also called a root-form endosseous implant, resembles a set of teeth or a single tooth. Dental implants are placed in or within the bone, similar to teeth roots. A dental implant is made up of three important components, including a screw made of titanium. After the titanium screw is implanted into the jawbone, a crown is attached to the abutment or post, creating the appearance of a natural tooth. With the ability to replace all the teeth in the lower and upper arches, the dental implant serves as a versatile coordinate that can be used to replace multiple teeth or even one tooth
How does a dental implant help a patient?
Dental implants are similar to natural teeth in terms of comfort and security, and their resemblance to natural teeth makes a person feel at ease. Implants have the advantage of not causing discomfort or uneasiness to the neighbouring teeth, so replacing a tooth or teeth makes a person look more attractive or presentable. With a dental implant as its mainstay, a denture can be sustained and a bridge anchored without the need for a partial denture. Besides providing durability and strength, a dental implant improves appearance and provides the patient with better fit and a longer lasting prosthesis.
What are the requirements for dental implants?
Implant patients should be in normal, good physical and dental health. It is necessary for the gums to be healthy and free from disease, and the jawbone to be sufficient in order to support the implant. Periodontists have the dental expertise to diagnose and treat any abnormalities in the oral cavity and work closely with dentists to successfully implant teeth or a tooth.
Are there different types of implants?
Generally, endosteal dental implants are placed in the bone and subperiosteal implants are placed on the bone. Sculpted out of zirconium and titanium in the first and second stages of production, dental implants can be customized to any pattern or size that fits the patient’s needs, whether external, internal, hexagonal, octagonal, wide, mini, or narrow.
What is the process for a dental implant?
A dental implant may take up to nine months to heal, beginning with the patient’s first appointment at the dentist. The process of placing a dental implant consists of two stages. The first is the dental implant surgery, where the dentist implants the metal screw into the jawbone. Since the metal screw is located within the bone, it is not visible, although the abutment on the screw can be seen. The dentist would place a temporary cover on the dental implant in order for it to look aesthetic if the implant can be seen when a person talks, smiles or laughs.
The second stage of implant restoration is the period that takes for the implant to be set firmly in the jawbone. Once an implant has settled securely, a crown is fitted over the abutment that matches the teeth. Dental implants take an average of 3-9 months to complete, including the healing process.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a wide range of benefits. Aside from fitting in with ease and giving the patient comfort and confidence, dental implants do not disturb surrounding teeth and are secure since they don’t involve adhesives.
In addition to preventing tooth loss, dental implants restore a patient’s natural smile and inspire them. Dental implants behave like natural teeth to a degree of perfection, since they are fixed structures.
The natural look and feel of dental implants can restore the original facial features of a person. Dental implants are dependable and reliable, because they help patients chew and speak. Dental implants as a great alternative to dentures support the patient in leading a healthy and happy lifestyle with good oral hygiene. The dental implant procedure requires only three visits to the dentist’s office.
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