What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial, titanium metal "roots" that are placed within your jaw bone. An artificial tooth is then placed onto the artificial root. These artificial teeth look just like natural teeth. They must be taken care of just as you care for your natural teeth by brushing, flossing and regular check-ups. 


Advantages of dental implants

There are multiple advantages to having dental implants. Some of the greatest advantages include:

  • Dental implants are very durable and last for many years.
  • Enhances the appearance of your smile and teeth, and it looks very natural and blends in nicely with other teeth.
  • Allowing a missing tooth to remain an empty space in your mouth can negatively affect the entire structure of your mouth. An implant will fill this space and maintain the normal functionality of your bite.
  • Dental implants provide a comfort that dentures may not be able to provide, especially during eating. They are secure and durable, and don't move around because they are just as your natural teeth would be, and so do not feel any different.
  • They are convenient, in the sense that you don't have to worry about them any more than you would your regular teeth.

If I lost teeth due to periodontal disease, can I still have dental implants?

If you have lost teeth due to periodontal disease you are definitely still able to get dental implants. However, in some cases, more bone is needed in order to place the implant. In this case, there are procedures available to graft and regenerate the amount of bone needed for the implants. When there is sufficient amount of bone to support the implant, implants can be placed. 

How do I know if I have enough bone?

Your dentist may take dental x-rays and will examine your mouth in order to determine whether you have enough bone to support a dental implant. 

Are there any risks?

Although implants have a success rate of over 95 per cent, there are some dangers you should keep in mind. In rare cases, infections can occur, but these are usually solved with antibiotics. Some other things to be aware of include implant rejection, numbness and/or pain that does not go away. 

What is implant rejection?

Implant rejection is not the same as a "rejection" that can occur in organ transplants. Dental implants are bio-compatible and there have not been any cases of allergic reactions to commercially-pure, titanium implants. But please keep in mind that failures can occur.

A dental implant can "fail" or be "rejected" if an infection is contracted. Bacteria can contaminate the implant, which can then cause the implant to be lost. Our dentists go through great lengths to ensure sterile conditions during the procedure from the way the implant is packaged to the hygienic conditions of the operating area. 

If an implant fails, can another be placed in the same spot?

Most times, another implant can be placed in the same spot where another may have failed. Sometimes we may not understand why an implant fails, but we remove the implant safely and have the option to prepare it for a second implant. Your dentist can determine if it is safe enough to try for another implant or wait a sufficient amount of time to heal before trying again. It is usually very successful the second time after an implant failure.

Call or come in and speak with a Patient Care Specialist to learn more about implants at Oasispark Dental.

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