Dental Implants An Overview
Dental implants are becoming one of the more popular types of dental procedures for patients to receive. They offer a more comfortable, natural-feeling, and natural-looking solution to missing teeth than some other types of dental solutions. Bridges, dentures, and partials all require adjustment to speak properly and require more maintenance and repair than dental implants do.
This restorative procedure is one of the most popular offered by Dr. Ed Lazer at his dental office in Baltimore. Before you can get dental implants, you must qualify as an ideal candidate for the procedure. Generally speaking, a good candidate for dental implants is in optimum health and possesses sufficient bone structure for a titanium stud to be implanted into the bone.
How Long Does the Process Take?
The entire procedure to receive dental implants generally takes between three and six months. Sedatives and anesthesia is administered to patients to alleviate any pain or discomfort during the implanting procedure, and many people even express that the pain of the procedure is no more than that of getting a tooth pulled. After the titanium studs are implanted, then a temporary cap, crown, or denture is placed over the implant for cosmetic purposes.
It takes between three and six months for the studs to integrate completely into the bone and for the bone and gums to heal, during which time they are typically sore. After they are healed, the temporary caps, crowns, or dentures are replaced with permanent ones, and then patients are free to go about their daily activities as if the implants were their own natural teeth.
What Are Tooth Implants?
The most common way to use a dental implant is to replace an individual missing tooth. Dental implants can also be used to anchor a bridge that will replace multiple teeth, as well as to support dentures so that they are held firmly in place and won’t slip or move around when you talk or chew.
Dental implants are made up of three parts: a titanium post, which is surgically placed into your jaw bone to replace the tooth root; a titanium abutment or container, which sits just below the gum line and will anchor your new tooth crown; and a ceramic crown, which is made of durable, tooth-colored material and looks and feels like your own natural tooth. No metal can be seen in the mouth with dental implants. Plus, dental implants feel like real teeth, and they function like real teeth as well.
Advantages Of Dental Implants
- They’re natural: when properly placed, the dental implant will fuse to the bone and become a natural part of your jaw.
- It isn’t removable: dental implants bond with living bone, so you can expect to eat, smile, talk and brush normally.
- Superior function: a removable denture will only support 5% or 10% of your chewing biting force. Dental implants allow you to chew normally.
- Long lasting: dental implants have a documented success rate of more than 97% and will last you for many, many years, far beyond the life span of a bridge or denture.
- Ultimate stability: a dental implant won’t drift or more like a removable denture.
- Conservative restoration: with a dental implant, the dentist doesn’t need to cut down adjacent teeth or use them to support a replacement tooth (like with a bridge).