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