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Dental implants are a modern dental treatment used to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are an alternative to dental bridges and dentures and they can be used to replace a single tooth, a number of missing or a full set of missing teeth.
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped dental devices, which are made from titanium; they are placed into sockets in the jaw bone and then left to integrate into the jaw bone tissue in a process, which is called osseointegration. The actual implant is designed to act as a substitute for the root of the missing tooth. Once it has integrated into the bone, it can then be attached to a crown, a dental bridge or a denture to restore function to the mouth and improve the aesthetic of the smile.
The treatment process
The treatment process for dental implants usually takes several months; this is because the implant has to integrate and fuse with the bone tissue in the jaw before it can support the new restoration.
Before treatment, dentists carry out thorough examinations and consultations with patients to check that they are suitable candidates for implant treatment. Patients will undergo dental X-rays and scans to check that their bone density is sufficient to support the implants and after a dentist has given the green light for treatment, the implants will be placed.
The procedure to place the implants is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent any pain. Before the implants can be fitted, the sockets must be drilled in the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum tissue and a flap lifted to access the bone, a small hole is then drilled into the bone and this acts as the socket for the dental implant. The implant is then inserted into the socket and the incision is closed and left to heal. The healing stage takes around 3-5 months for lower arch implants and 6-9 months for upper arch implants.
Once the implants have integrated, another procedure will be carried out to attach the abutment, the rod, which connects the implant to the restoration. After this, the restoration is fitted and the patient is free to start enjoying their new smile.
After implant treatment it is common to experience mild swelling and discomfort; however, this should subside quickly and patients can take over the counter pain relief. It is advisable to stick to soft foods for 24 hours after treatment and to avoid chewy and hard foods for 48 hours.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants have become increasingly popular over the last decade, as they provide a host of benefits for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants last for many years and are a more effective long-term treatment than dentures and dental bridges. Implants also produce excellent aesthetics, as well as improving functionality and they also help to reduce bone loss, which can be a common problem among older people. Dental implants are also advantageous because they are easy to manage and they are versatile; they are suitable for most patients and can replace any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch.