Why do people need dental implants?
For different reasons you have a missing tooth ( extracted, broken, decayed ) you can have it restored through implant instead of denture. You may have restored only one tooth, several teeth or all the teeth. The placement of the implant can be done immediately after the extraction (especially for the front teeth).
Implant resembles teeth with lower root portion and an upper portion imitating filed tooth.
First a consultation with your oral surgeon is needed. He is going to plan carefully how he is going to proceed in your case. This may involve X-rays and even computer tomography scans. 3D ConeBean Imaging offer a limitless view of the crane, jaws and sinuses for a better placement of the implants.
If you have a high blood pressure or heart disease, you have to inform your oral surgeon. If you are a smoker, you should give up smoking ten days before the surgery. Implant placement is a tough procedure during a pregnancy troubling a future mum’s physical and psychic health. During a cancer disease treatment, it is recommended that a implant placement will not start before cancer therapy ends because people are physically weak.
Generally speaking the results may be impressive – perfectly improved appearance, speech and functions.
How to care for your implants?
It is highly recommendable to clean thoroughly around both your teeth and implants with a medium toothbrush after eating or in the mornings and in the evenings as usual. Use dental floss ( there is a special one for implants ). Clean the gums, the teeth and construction above the implant with circular movements. Rinse thoroughly your teeth with an antibacterial mouthwash for a minute twice a day. Do not clean your teeth with dental sticks or some metal or other objects. If you feel any discomfort, bleeding, implant mobility, immediately contact your dentist.
The success of implants is extremely important to observe the following rules to avoid inflammation.
The advantages of the implants:
- Can be used more than 20 years
- They are comfortable because they are fixed. No breaking, slipping or falling
- You eat and chew properly
- Improved self-esteem
Implants or dentures?
Implants are integrated in the mouth with no need to be removed. They don’t “move” and are fixed rigidly. But a bridge or a partial denture may cause sores of the jawbone and gum. These risks and disadvantages do not exist when we choose implants. Natural teeth next to the missing one/s are not recontoured. The only disadvantage for the patients is the high price of the implants.
At what age can we have dental implant surgery?
14 – 16 is the minimum age and a maximum one does not exist. Everyone above 14 can have it done.
If you suffer from bruxism?
If you suffer from it, it is possible that the excessive stress during the chewing process destroy the jawbone. It may result in implant failure and rejection. So it is recommended to heal bruxism before implant procedure.