What Are Dental Implants and When Are They Necessary?

Most dental concerns can be taken care of with minor procedures like deep cleanings or fillings. But some issues require a little more attention. One of the more in-depth procedures done involves the use of dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are devices that provide support for artificial teeth. Essentially, they act as a strong “root” for fake teeth, whether they are permanent or dentures.

When are dental implants necessary?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth can have serious negative effects on your overall oral health. They can negatively impact your bite and can even lead to bone deterioration.

This means that if you are missing a tooth (or several teeth) and other options are not available or preferable to you, then dental implants really are necessary in order to maintain a healthy mouth and smile.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants improve the appearance and health of your teeth. They’re also a strong, safe and permanent solution that requires no maintenance.

How are dental implants placed?

Your dentist and a dental surgeon will work together to plan for and place your dental implants.

The surgeon cuts into the gum. Depending on the type of implant needed, holes for the implant may be drilled into the jawbone. If drilling into the jawbone isn’t required, the implant will be placed on or above the jawbone. This must heal before a permanent tooth can be attached to the implant. A temporary tooth can be attached while waiting for the healing. After the healing process, the permanent tooth can be attached.

This process can vary depending on each circumstance. No matter what your procedure looks like, rest assured that your oral surgeon will use anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the entire surgery.

Are there risks associated with dental implants?

There are minor risks associated with all oral surgery, including dental implants. Some of the risks with dental implants include:

  • Potential damage to your natural teeth
  • A bite that feels unnatural or “off”
  • Injury to tissues in the mouth during surgery
  • Problems cleaning your gums in the future

How do I know if I need dental implants?

The best way to know whether or not you need dental implants is to talk to your dentist. Since every case is unique, only your dentist can really tell you if an implant is the best solution for your situation.

If you have missing teeth, talk to your dentist as soon as possible about finding an option that is best for you. Take care of the problem quickly to make sure your mouth and teeth stay as healthy as possible.

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