By Dr Aishna Sharma , Dentistry
Dental implants refer to a surgical procedure which replaces the missing tooth roots with an artificial tooth. People who suffer from the problems of one or more missing / damaged tooth caused due to tooth decay, accidents or ageing, might find solace in dental implants as they restore the normal function of the concerned teeth. In order to get the implants, it is necessary to check up with your dentist who might check up on the health of your mouth along with symptoms of chronic diabetes or other heart disorders.
Also, if you have weak gums, the implants might not be right for you.
The first step in order to get ready for the procedure is to get a planned routine of the necessary treatment depending on the medical history of the particular individual. The implant (made up of titanium) is appropriately placed over the particular tooth and it takes about 6-12 weeks for the jawbone to fuse and heal completely. After the healing process, an abutment (an extra structure which supports the concerned tooth/teeth) is put in that position in order to ascertain the tightness necessary to hold on to the new tooth or teeth. Then a dental crown (tooth shaped cover that is put over the concerned tooth) is attached to the abutment, after creating a model for the particular teeth. The color of the replaced teeth will also match the original one and as it takes considerable time to fuse, eventually it functions just like your natural teeth.
The procedure involves negligible to zero side effects. In some instances, patients might complain of suffering from a sore mouth that can be regulated by some prescribed dosage of medications. The procedure should be followed up with good dental hygiene regimen which involves brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and a non-alcoholic mouthwash.
A successful dental implant makes sure that you do not suffer from problems while eating or talking and helps you considerably with new improved oral health.