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What are dental implants?
A dental implant refers to a metal rod made of titanium that is fixed to your jawbone. It is made use of to prop up one or more fake teeth. The fake teeth as well the rods that support them are called ‘implants’ in dentistry.

Are implants safe?
Now implants are a popular and highly proven treatment. About ninety percent of current implants have a life-term of fifteen years approximately. I have some of my own teeth.

Can I still have implants?
Certainly. Implants can be employed to replace as many teeth as you wish – from a solitary tooth to an entire set of teeth.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
Well, this is based on the jaw’s bone condition. Your dentist will call for a series of special tests in order to determine how much bone is still present. In case it is inadequate or is not sufficiently strong, then fixing implants is virtually impossible unless bone grafting in that area is first carried out.

Do implants hurt?
Minor surgery is required to fix the implants. This can be done under general anesthesia or by administering local anesthesia with sedation. At that time you may not experience any pain, but a week after the operation you may experience some distress. This is normally on account of having stitches and the regular process of healing.

Can I have the new teeth straight away?
This is not possible. Once the implants have been fixed, they have to fuse or merge with the bone. Now, lower jaw implants take not less than three months and upper jaw implants take about six months to bond.

How long does treatment take?
From the first examination till the time dentures or false teeth are ultimately fixed it takes around twelve months. But, in case just your lower jaw is treated, then it may simply take about five months. A great deal is based on the complexity of your treatment.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?
To clean around teeth fixed to implants is as easy as cleaning original teeth. But, you could face problem areas and your dentist will display to you helpful techniques.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Certainly, if you do not look after them very well. But if you maintain them cleanly and cut out smoking, then there should not be any difficulty.

Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
This is not done unless you want to have just one tooth restored. Usually, 5 or 6 implants are made use of in case each and every tooth in a jaw has to be replaced since a single implant can normally prop up two teeth. In case you have just a few teeth missing, then 2 or 3 dentals implants may be employed.

What if I get hit in the face?
If you meet with an accident, implants as well as the teeth they hold up can suffer injury just like natural teeth. But, in case artificial teeth suffer injury and bits and pieces are left behind in the bone, it becomes very hard to extract them as compared to natural teeth. Once healed, new artificial teeth can be fixed next to the remnants.

What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
Now this seldom occurs. In case implants become slack in the healing process or right after, then they can be taken out without any difficulty and the healing happens very naturally. After the jaw is completely healed it is possible to fix another implant there. Alternatively, the dentist can create a bridge by making use of the implanted artificial teeth that have been removed.

 

Treatment Sequence for Front Tooth Replacement

Single front tooth is missing
The missing tooth root is replaced by an implant
After the bone has formed around the implant, a small connector is attached to it
A custom made replacement tooth (crown) is firmly attached to the connector

Treatment Sequence for Back Tooth Replacement

Multiple missing teeth in the back
The first phase of treatment is placement of the implants
Once bone has formed a strong bond to the implants, small connectors are attached to them
Custom made replacement teeth (crowns) are then secured to the connectors

Treatment Sequence for Complete Lower Tooth Replacement

Complete tooth loss in lower jaw
The first phase of treatment is placement of the implants
Multiple little ball-like attachments or a bar are secured to the implants after the bone has formed a bond around them
An overdenture with clasps snaps onto the little ball attachment A bar can be added to any upper and lower with as few as 2 dental implants

Treatment Sequence for Complete Upper Tooth Replacement

Complete tooth loss in upper jaw
The first phase of treatment is placement of the implants
Multiple little ball-like attachments or a bar are secured to the implants after the bone has formed a bond around them
An overdenture with clasps snaps on to the bar attachment A bar can be added to any upper and lower with as few as 2 dental implants

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