Dental implants are helpful to many people who have a multitude of issues with their teeth. This procedure has been used in dentistry for centuries. There has been evidence that in approximately 2500 BC, the ancient Egyptians tried to stabilize teeth that were periodontally involved with the use of ligature wire made of gold. A dental implant is a surgical component that borders with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. How do dental implants work? The dental implant, usually a cylindrical and/or tapered post made of titanium, is placed surgically into the jawbone. As you heal, your implant will fuse with, your natural jawbone, with the two growing together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth
How Are Dental Implants Done?
The entire procedure from start to finish could take up to several months to finish. Most of this time will be recovery time and wait for new bone growth in your jaw. During surgery to place the dental implant, your oral surgeon makes an incision to open your gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. Since the post will serve as the tooth root, it’s implanted deep into the bone. At this point in the procedure, you’ll still have a gap where your tooth is missing. A type of partial, temporary denture can be placed for appearance if you feel it is necessary. You can remove this denture while you sleep and while you’re sleeping.
Can Anyone get Dental Implants?
The simple answer to whether or not, just anyone can get dental implants is no. There are specifics that make a person a candidate for the procedure of dental implants. The best way to know if you are an ideal candidate is to talk to your dentist, but listed below are some things that are looked at when recommending dental implants:
- Have healthy teeth and gums
- Have sufficient bone density to support the dental implant
- Are committed to good oral hygiene
- Do not suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders which may impact your ability to heal
- Have not had treatment with bisphosphonate medications (usually for cancer treatment)
- Are non-smokers or are willing to stop smoking during the dental implant process
- Understand that the process can take four to twelve months, and are willing to commit this amount of time to the dental implant procedure
These are only some of the things that will allow for someone to get this procedure done, but they are the most prominent ones.
All in all, dental implants are the most long lasting option to replace your missing teeth. They provide a strong foundation for your teeth, are safe and effective. The cost for the procedure varies depending on how many you need during surgery. Look over the list above to discover if you’re a proper candidate for dental implants and if it is the right step to take for you.