What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a vital part of teeth restoration, which focuses on reinstating function and the structural integrity of teeth.
Implants are artificial tooth replacements that are attached to metal frameworks, which are fixed into the jawbone. Dental implants can be prescribed for a number of reasons, such as broken, rotten teeth or to replace removable dentures.
What types of Dental Implants are Available?
Depending on the treatment or the patient’s condition, they may need an endosteal or a subperiosteal implant. The framework of an endosteal implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone, and once the gums heal, metal posts are connected to the framework, on which artificial teeth are placed. Subperiosteal implants have a metal framework that is placed on the jawbone below the gum line and becomes fixed once the gums heal. The posts on the framework stick out of the gums to accommodate the artificial teeth.
Do I need Dental Implants?
Implants are the perfect solution for an individual who can not receive treatments, such as bridges of dentures due to other conditions in the mouth. Their other benefits include increased comfort as they are not removable; it's easier to speak and talk as implants do not move around unlike removable dentures: they are durable; convenient; and improve your oral health and your self-esteem.
Will Dental Implants Work in my Mouth?
To qualify for dental implants, a patient must have healthy gums and enough jawbone to accommodate the implants. Bone and gum grafts can be done to allow a patient to be able to have dental implants. Patients also have to be committed to a daily oral hygiene regime and have regular check ups at the dentist. Lifestyle changes may have to be made. Some patients may not be able to qualify due to existing conditions, for example, patients who are heavy smokers or suffer from conditions such as diabetes or heart disease need to be evaluated on a more individual basis.
Post implant care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. When teeth are not cleaned properly, bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth, such as gums after a surgery, and cause the gums to swell and gradually recede. This can result in types of gum disease that can cause your gums as well as your jawbone to decay.
How can My Dental Hygiene Habits affect Dental Implants?
The deterioration of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the continued health of their teeth and implants. During a dentist visit, our dentists will be able to evaluate if there are any risk factors that are threatening your oral health and advise on how you can improve your daily dental care.
How Long will my Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care. Patients are able to do look after their dental implants at home through daily brushing and flossing. Implants do not need any particular special treatments or products in which to look after them except regular oral hygiene activities and dentist visits. Professional cleanings can also be advantageous as they ensure the removal of plaque buildup. However, since implants are connected to your gum and jaw in a completely different way, and are made of a different material to your natural teeth, they do need some extra special attention. Eliminating bad habits, such as smoking, is also a big step in ensuring the appearance of your implants and your oral health.
Will your Provo Dentist Office help me Maintain my Dental Implants?
Dental implants overall are made to make a patient’s life easier and healthier and our practice will always be there to answer any concerns you may have. Ask our dentist about regular cleanings and about any hygiene advice to ensure your implants last a lifetime.