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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS
Want to improve your smile? Are you missing one or more teeth? There are many replacement options available, including dental implants. This technique – which dentists have been using for years – is known to be more comfortable, durable, and natural-looking than dental prostheses (dentures, crowns, or bridges). Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that can replace the root of a missing natural tooth, allowing a new tooth or dental prosthesis to be placed there instead. Before you move forward, read on for some important information about this approach.
Dental implants are considered to be a long-term solution. The body tolerates titanium much better than other materials, which helps avoid infections and bad reactions. The lifespan of a dental implant also depends on the patient’s bone and gum health.
That being said, this is not the best option for everyone. It depends on each individual’s jaw, teeth, and bone/gum health. An X-ray is always taken before placing an implant to ensure it is the best solution based on the anatomy of your mouth.
Your dentist will be the first to tell you that properly maintaining your dental implants is a must. You can clean implants the exact same way as you would clean natural teeth: with a toothbrush and floss. A well-placed dental implant – which requires the type of state-of-the-art technology that we have at our clinic – will last for many years. However, the prosthesis attached to the implant may sustain damage over time, so you will need to plan for a replacement with your dentist.
Always feel free to ask your dentist for advice about maintaining and cleaning your implants. Regular visits to your dental clinic are also necessary in order to follow up and ensure that your implants are firmly in place, and that your bite is properly aligned.
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The implant placement process
The process will unfold in several steps after your tooth and gum exam. The X-ray performed beforehand will help your dentist verify a number of important criteria that will help them place the implant properly and conduct a successful procedure. For example, your X-ray may identify the need for a bone draft if the existing bone structure cannot support the implant on its own.
1- Placing the implant
The procedure is completed under local anesthetic. During this first phase, your dentist or specialist will make an incision in order to place the titanium implant under the gum and into the bone after a space has been drilled. It will take between 4 to 6 months for the implant to fully integrate into the bone and properly attach to the gum.
2- Placing the healing cap
4 to 6 months after the initial procedure, you will visit the dentist to ensure the implant has properly integrated into the bone – a process called osseointegration – and proceed to install a healing cap. Two weeks after it is placed, this cap will allow the dentist to affix an artificial tooth, which is also called a crown.
3- Placing the replacement tooth
Next, an artificial tooth is attached to the cap that was previously installed by your specialist. It may take more than one visit to ensure the tooth is perfectly positioned.
If you have more than one missing tooth, your dentist will likely use a bridge, which is attached to the dental implants. It is held in place by healthy natural teeth located on either side of the bridge.
There are certain risks associated with this procedure, which is why an X-ray is necessary to ensure an implant is the best option for you. Certain complications can arise after the operation, including dental occlusion, which is a gap between your top and bottom teeth. The risks are mostly long-term, especially for people with bruxism (clenching of the teeth during sleep, which can damage the implant).
There are also contraindications related to dental implant placement: implants are not suitable for people who suffer from heart disease, cancer, or bone disease. They are also not suitable for children, since the maxillary bones continue to grow and develop until approximately age 18. For diabetics, HIV-positive people, smokers, and pregnant women, dental implants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We recommend making an appointment with your dentist to learn more.
In some cases, the body may reject the implant after it is placed, but this is quite rare since the body tolerates titanium well. It is a biocompatible metal that is much better-suited for this application than other metals.
Thanks to our expertise and attentiveness, we are well-equipped to provide you with the best possible environment for your dental implant procedure from start to finish!
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Eating with implants
To ensure your dental implant lasts as long as possible, proper maintenance and good oral hygiene are very important. After the implant is placed, patients are advised to consume liquids or purées to facilitate proper healing. We recommend foods like soup, oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies.
The price of a dental implant varies according to the type of prosthesis, how many artificial teeth you need, and whether or not a bone graft is necessary. In general, the cost is in the thousands.
We recommend starting off by meeting our dentists and implantology specialists, who can recommend a personalized treatment plan after your initial exam. A portion of the cost may be covered by your medical insurance, and we also offer financing options.
Our specialists are here to offer guidance and high-quality service: don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more, or visit https://www.carrefourdentaire.com/.