Patients who have suffered significant tooth loss due to gum disease, ineffective oral hygiene, or accidents, Dental Implants Treatment is a viable option for them. These implants allow the dentist to replace all teeth that were lost and provide a permanent solution overall. If you wish to discuss the treatment option with a dentist, call Dr. George Braithwaite DMD today.
Preparing for Dental Implants
When the dentist prepares the patient’s gums for the installation of dental implants, he or she determines whether or not the bone tissue is strong enough to support them, first. In some cases, it is necessary for the dentist to perform bone grafting, which involves the placement of tissues retrieved from another part of the body. These grafts allow the dentist to re-enforce the titanium roots that are installed to hold the implant teeth.
Installation of the Root
The dentist will allow the patient’s gums to heal for several weeks before scheduling the surgery for the root installation. The process needed for this installation involves the insertion of the root into the jaw bone. The root with support the implant teeth and provide a more viable option than adhesives used to connect a permanent bridge to the gum line. While the gums heal from this procedure, the dentist will provide a temporary bridge to cover the roots to prevent disruption when the patient eats.
Connecting the Implant Tooth
The titanium root has a connector at its base. This connector will allow for a permanent and secure connection between the root and the implant tooth. Once connected the connector acts basically like a metal screw which will hold the teeth in place and allow it to remain properly aligned. The healing process for the implants is up to six weeks.
Dental Implants Treatment lasts for many years. However, external factors could hinder their appearance. For example, if the patient smokes there is a higher probability of discoloration as the implants are constructed of porcelain resin in most cases. If the patient sustains an injury they could break and require replacement. However, in most cases, as long as the patient continues the care plan provided by their dentist the implants could last throughout their lifetime.
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