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Dental implants are oral prostheses that replace teeth that have been removed, extracted or damaged beyond repair. Implants replace both roots and teeth to return a person’s smile to healthy, normal function. Metal, screw-like posts made of titanium replace the roots and are fused to the jawbone to form a solid foundation for artificial teeth or crowns.

Dental Implants

Missing or decayed teeth can pose a serious risk not only to your oral health but also to your overall health. An incomplete tooth can affect jaw alignment and function, affecting the way you chew, bite, speak and breathe. Misaligned or misaligned teeth in your mouth can put additional strain on your neck and jaw muscles, causing headaches, facial pain, and broken teeth.

Dental cavities in the mouth can create an ideal space for bacteria, increasing your risk of mouth infection, as well as causing deterioration of the jawbone. When the jawbone shrinks and the gums recede, the teeth on both sides of the cavity weaken and become more susceptible to decay. The teeth surrounding the space can also slide into the space, resulting in crooked or improperly spaced teeth.

Missing teeth and poor oral health cause other general health problems such as heart disease, premature birth in women, and endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart.

When should the implant be made?

Implant application is required in the following cases.

If one or more teeth are missing,
If you have healthy oral tissue,
If you have an enlarged chin,
If you do not want to wear dentures,
If you want to correct your speech,

If you are having problems with these 5 items mentioned above, dental implants are an important and valid reason for preference for you.

Implant Surgery

Although implant treatment is an outpatient procedure, it is an extensive process that takes several months and takes long periods of time to heal. Although treatment times vary, the average implant process takes about six months.

Removal of damaged tooth or teeth

Bone grafting is necessary if your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough to support the implant. A bone graft strengthens the jawbone and promotes new bone growth, creating a better, more solid foundation for the implant.

Bone grafts can be natural, like any other bone in your body, or made of a material that will provide the strength and structural support your jaw needs. Your jaw will need a few months post-implantation for it to heal and enough new bone to grow to continue with the implants.

An incision is made in the gum to expose the bone into which the holes were drilled to insert the implant posts. The post is inserted into the bone, where it will act as a root. While there is still a gap at this point, you have the option of a temporary prosthesis that can be removed for cleaning and sleep.

Osseointegration, the process of attaching living bone to an artificial implant, begins when titanium is placed directly into the jaw. Over the next few months, your jawbone will begin to grow on the surface of the implant, fusing with the implant to form a good foundation for your artificial tooth or teeth, just like natural teeth and roots.

An abutment is a piece that is attached to the implant to support the crowns to be placed. Attaching the abutment requires a minor operation in which the implant is attached and the gingival tissue is resealed around the abutment, but not over it, so that it is still visible above the gumline.

Artificial teeth, also called crowns, are custom made to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth, but are not placed until the implant has stabilized and the gums and jaw have healed from previous procedures. Depending on your specific needs, your crowns can be fixed, removable, or a combination of both. Removable teeth are similar to dentures. It is mounted on a metal frame that fits into the implant abutment. Fixed teeth are permanently screwed into the implant abutment.

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