Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw to sustain a bridge or a tooth replacement. They are the best options for anyone who lost their teeth through accidental injury, periodontal diseases and any other reason, though these are the most common.
Who qualifies for dental implants?
A good candidate should have good oral hygiene and general health. He or she must have enough bone in their jaw since that is essential in providing support to the implant. One must have gum tissues that are healthy and free of any periodontal diseases to avoid any future complications or infections. One must be attended to by a dentist and a periodontist since the latter has more experience, facilities, training and special knowledge in the said field. They specialize in dental implant procedures.
Expectations after receiving an implant
As always after any medical procedure that involves insertion or removal foreign bodies in the human body there must be a lot of oral care to ensure that it recovers well. There is no exception with dental implants. Oral hygiene is paramount to complete recovery and to ensure that it goes successfully. There has to be constant flossing and brushing and you have to have a good care plan given by your dentist. You will be required to go for periodic checkups and constant visits for close monitoring.
Kinds of dental implants
Endosteal implants are the most common and are placed in the bone. Under this category there are various types like cylinders, screws and blades which are placed surgically in the jawbone. An implant could have one prosthetic tooth or more. Sub periosteal implants are to be placed in the bone jaw using a metal framework and they protrude through the gum, holding the prosthesis in place. They are normally used by patients who can’t wear straight dentures and their jaw bones have minimal height.