Dental Implants

By: Hout Bay Dental Studio  11-11-2011
Keywords: Teeth, Dentures

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It is only when we loose teeth that we become aware of how much dental health affects our quality of life. It impacts on our appearance, body image and self-confidence. Fortunately, for almost 30 years, dental implants have offered a solution for not only replacing the missing “crown” of the tooth, but the dental root as well. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for teeth replacement that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. You can replace one or more missing teeth or hold dentures securely in the mouth. Dental implants can be your route to a better quality of life.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium. Titanium is a metal that the body accepts most easily. It mimics the function of a tooth root. The dental implant is inserted into the bone of the jaw. Over time the jawbone integrates with the implant surface, firmly anchoring it. Under normal conditions, the healing process can take as little as 6-12 weeks. After this time the tooth replacement in the form of a single crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the implant. With implant treatment, the dental implant replaces the lost tooth root and provides a stable foundation for the replacement tooth, thus eliminating the need to grind down healthy neighbouring teeth.

Where can Implants be used?

Implants can also be used to support full dentures

Stages of dental implant placement

Because traditional methods of tooth replacement, such as crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures, have disadvantages in terms of appearance and function, many dentists consider dental implants as the preferred method of tooth replacement. Your dentist will be happy to review with you the specific procedure that would be best suited for your individual situation.

1. Planning

2. Implantplacement

3. Replacementteeth

The first step in the treatment sequence is careful planning. This begins with a thorough examination of your individual oral situation. Through X-rays and models of your mouth, your doctor will determine the most suitable treatment plan for your situation.The next step is placing the implant in the jaw. This procedure is usually performed in the dental office under local anesthesia. Once the implant is placed, it is left to heal. Healthy bone can form a strong bond with the implant in just 6 weeks.When the healing period is complete, the implant provides a solid foundation for attaching your replacement tooth. The tooth is now fully functional

Keywords: Dentures, Teeth

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