What You Should Know before Getting a Dental Implant
Dental implants are definitely the best tooth replacement option available on the market today. If you are considering replacing any of your teeth with a dental implant, there a few things you should know beforehand.
The first thing is that in order to have a titanium dental implant placed, one or more surgeries is required. Dental implants come as either two-stage implants or one-stage implants. For a two-stage implant, the metal post of the dental implant is surgically placed deep into the jawbone. The gums are then closed over the implant. It will take several months for the titanium implant to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once they have fused together, the gums will be reopened and the abutment will be attached to the implant. The gums will then be closed around the abutment, but not over it. The dental crown will be placed once you have healed from this second surgery, thus finishing the implant. For a one-stage implant, the abutment is already attached to the implant and therefore only one placement surgery is required. Additionally, if it is determined you do not have enough strength and density in your jawbone to be able to support a dental implant, you will first need a bone graft surgery before the implant can be placed.
The dental implant will keep the jawbone stimulated, thus preventing the bone loss that would otherwise occur from a missing tooth. The implant will also look, feel, and function very much like a natural tooth. While the implant is impervious to decay, the surrounding tissues are still vulnerable to its effects. Regular brushing and flossing, along with visiting our dental implants dentist for a regular exam and cleaning, are the recommended steps for properly maintaining an implant. Otherwise, your surrounding tissues could develop a condition known as peri-implantitis, which may result in implant failure.
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