Are Implants the Solution For You?
The purpose of an implant is to replace a lost or broken tooth. Implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The biggest benefit of implants is that they are permanent and stable and do not require neighbouring teeth to support them. The material used is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissues. Most implants are made of titanium, which bonds well with bone and is biocompatible.
Since a removable denture depends upon support from the bone and soft tissues, it may not provide as much stability as an implant that is solidly fixed in place.
First is a surgery, done by a dental specialist, to place the implant's anchor into the jaw. The implant is then left for 3-6 months in order to ensure that the jawbone has grown around the implant and is holding it firmly in place. Once the implant is stable and the gums have healed, an artificial tooth is made to fit the post portion of the implant anchor.
The final result is a comfortable and attractive implant that looks and feels like a natural tooth.
The main reason why some implants fail is because of poor oral hygiene. It is important to brush and floss around implants at least twice a day. When in the office, you will receive specific instructions on how to care for your new implants. In order to retain healthy gums around the implant, it may be recommended that you come in for cleanings with your hygienist more frequently throughout the year.
Implants are not the best option for everyone. Since implants do require surgery, it is vital that patients who are interested in implants have good overall health, healthy gums and have adequate bone structure to support the implant in place. Lack of bone support is not something that would rule you out as a candidate for implants. There are additional procedures that can be done in order to create a proper implant site.
(AGD Impact May 2008 Page 51)
Call today for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for implant tooth replacement.