Dental Duties: All About the Dental Implant Procedure

There are many procedures that dental surgeons complete that you should know about. Read on to learn about the dental implant procedure!

Are your teeth falling out? Even if they’re not, you could probably benefit in some way from dental implants. Anyone looking for a better, brighter smile should know about dental implants.

Read on to discover how dental implants are done.

Basics of Dental Implants

Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. The first such implant occurred around 600 AD, when a Mayan woman had tooth-like pieces of shell hammered into her jaw. These days, dental implants are a bit more sophisticated.

They bond with the natural bone in your jawbone by way of an abutment that connects a custom-made crown to your jawbone. Trained, professional dentists have been performing modern dental implants for more than 30 years. It’s safe to say that this procedure is highly reliable and safe by now.

In the United States, 3 million people have implants and 500,000 more people are getting them annually.

Why Should I Get Implants?

Contrary to popular belief, dental implants aren’t just for grandpa and grandma. Your young and beautiful self might want to consider (dental) implants too.

Implants are for anyone who:

  • Is missing one or more teeth
  • Has a fully-grown jawbone
  • Has enough bone to secure the implants or can have a bone graft
  • Has healthy oral tissues
  • Doesn’t have health conditions that would impair bone healing
  • Can’t or is unwilling to wear dentures
  • Wants to improve his speech
  • Is willing to give the implants process several months
  • Doesn’t smoke tobacco

How Do I Prepare for Implants?

To avoid dental implant failure, start with a comprehensive dental exam. Get dental X-rays and 3D images taken, then have models of your teeth and jaw made.

You should also review your medical history. Inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have or medications you take, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs and supplements. You may be prescribed antibiotics to stop infection if you have orthopedic implants or certain heart conditions.

Your plan for treatment will consider the condition of your remaining teeth and jawbone, and how many of your teeth should be replaced.

Then there’s the matter of anesthesia. During surgery, you can choose from local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia to alleviate the pain. Consult a professional about which kind of anesthesia would work the best for you.

The kind of anesthesia you have will affect what your dental professionals tell you to eat and drink before surgery. Patients undergoing sedation or general anesthesia should arrange to have someone take them home after surgery. These patients will have to relax for the rest of the day after their surgery.

What Kinds of Implants Can I Get?

Artificial teeth are removable, fixed, or a hybrid of both.

Removable teeth are artificial white teeth supported by pink plastic gum. This is all mounted on a metal frame connected to the abutment. The frame snaps in and out of position, to be cleaned daily or repaired.

Fixed teeth are permanently cemented or screwed onto a specific abutment. They can’t be removed.

How Can I Learn More About implants?

To further explore dental implants, keep reading our other posts to know more about how they can brighten your smile!

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