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Dental implants make an excellent treatment choice for anyone with missing teeth. Although dentures are always available and make a fine choice for many people, it is hard to beat implants when it comes to factors like durability, appearance and stability. And if you care for your dental implant correctly, it should last for a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a superior tooth replacement option that offers the following benefits:
- Will not slip in the mouth like dentures.
- Should last for a lifetime.
- Closely resembles the appearance of a natural tooth.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 is a treatment option for anyone who requires more than one tooth replacement. If you need a complete mouth restoration, the cost can be extremely high, so all-on-4 can help cut these costs significantly.
A full mouth of dental implants using conventional techniques would require as many as 10 implants. All-on-4 only requires four implants. In some cases, as many as six dental implants may be needed when there is insufficient bone density.
One benefit of getting all-on-4 implants is that they can be implanted and fitted in only one day. In fact, the technique is sometimes known as ‘teeth in a day.’
The Implant Procedure
Getting dental implants is a fairly straightforward procedure that normally involves two dental appointments. In the first, a metal post will be inserted into your jawbone. This post is made of a titanium alloy that is extremely h2. In addition to its great strength, titanium is selected because it is not expected to react organically with your mouth.
In a few months, your jawbone will have fused around the implanted post. At that point, your dentist will place an “abutment” over the titanium post. This is in an intermediate structure that allows for the placement of a dental crown on top of the abutment. The dental crown will serve both aesthetically and functionally as a firm chewing and biting surface anchored by your jawbone.
In some cases, a bone graft procedure may be necessary before getting a new dental implant. This is normally because the patient has had missing teeth for a long period of time. Without the presence of a tooth root, artificial or not, the underlying jawbone will begin melting away. Known as resorption, this leaves insufficient jawbone density to anchor an implant.
Following a bone graft procedure, the patient will have enough jawbone density to allow for the placement of a titanium post and subsequent dental implant.
After your dental implant procedure is complete, no special care is necessary. But even though your new implant is virtually indestructible, the soft tissues and bone around it are not. So you will need to brush and floss normally, so that the implant remains intact with a firm foundation unaffected by periodontal disease.