Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth and help maintain jaw bone density. They look, feel and function like natural teeth. They also prevent nearby teeth from shifting toward the empty sockets and loosening or falling out. In addition, they provide stimulation to the surrounding bone, similar to the action of a natural tooth root, preserving bone health.
What are the negatives of dental implants?
The success of Dental implants depends on many factors, such as the patient’s general health and commitment to good oral hygiene. Heavy smokers, patients with uncontrolled chronic illnesses (like diabetes or leukemia), or anyone who has had radiation therapy to the head/neck area may not be candidates for this treatment. Your dentist will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive exam. X-rays and 3D images of your mouth/jaw will be taken, and plaster models may be made to simulate the final restorations. A team of specialists will create a comprehensive treatment plan that fits your individual needs.
In a two-stage surgical procedure, the implant body is placed below the soft tissue until it heals (usually in 2 to 3 months for mandible and 3 to 6 months for maxilla). Then the soft tissue is reflected to place a permucosal element, or abutment, which is attached to the implant body. The abutment is then covered with a crown that matches your other teeth. The implant will be stable, and you’ll be able to chew, smile and speak normally.