Dental Implant: Everything You Need to Know
Decayed, damaged or missing teeth are all inconveniences that can prevent you from chewing properly or smiling, not to mention many other inconvenience, such as pain in the gums or sensitivity. If the majority of your natural dentition is intact and only a few teeth cause you worry, dental implant might be the solution. Find out in detail what they can bring you!
What Is Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone, allowing a dentist to mount a bridge or replacement tooth on that area.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant
The biggest benefit of a dental implant is that it prevents the replacement tooth or bridge from shifting in your mouth. Once inserted, the implant will fuse with the jawbone, providing stability. This is not only helpful for tasks such as eating and speaking but it helps to feel more natural in your mouth.
Another benefit of a dental implant is that no other teeth are affected. Traditionally, a bridge would be used to cover a missing tooth by attaching to the teeth on either side of the gap. With an implant, that is not necessary as the bridge can be attached directly to the implant itself.
Best Candidates for Dental Implants
Patients that are best suited for a dental implant are those that have healthy gums and enough bone to support the material being implanted. Non-smokers are better candidates as well, since smoking can weaken the bone and lead to implant failure.
Once the implant is inserted, it is imperative that you keep the highest level of oral hygiene as well as regular dental visits. Replacement teeth should be cleaned in the same way as a natural tooth, either with a toothbrush and floss. Then, your dentist will be able to show you the right way to clean your implants.
How to Install Dental Implants?
There are two types of dental implants that are most commonly used:
- Endosteal implants: which are surgically inserted into the jawbone directly. Once healed, a second surgery connects a post to the implant and then a replacement tooth or bridge can be added.
- Subperiosteal implants: which are metal frames that are fitted onto the jawbone slightly below the gum line.
If you think that dental implants can be the solution for your teething problems, ask for a consultation at the Clinique dentaire et d’implantologie Dr. Vinh Nguyen today. We will be happy to evaluate your oral health to give you your best smile!