Dental implants are a structure made or covered with titanium, resembling a root of a tooth, which are surgically located in the jaw, below the cochlear mucosa. It allows your dentist to attach a dental crown or bridge to it (with multiple implants). Implants are the best way to denture a toothless area. With good hygiene, lack of bad habits and periodontal diseases, they are practically eternal. Their future and lifespan depend not only on good hygiene, but also on the general health of the body – a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, accompanying diseases, stress and more.
Specific oral care
If you are considering implant placement, you must have strong gums and enough bone to hold the implant. It is not possible to place dental implants in jaws with active periodontal disease – gingivitis or periodontitis. Implant hygiene requires even greater diligence as well as the use of additional oral hygiene products – mouthwash, dental floss, etc. If your bone is too small or soft and cannot hold the implant, “grafting” may be necessary – bone augmentation. Also, if the bone of the upper jaw is not sufficiently high, or the sinuses are too low, it is necessary to raise the sinuses and fill the space with an artificial bone – sinus lift.
Oral hygiene tips for implants
A huge percentage of dental implant integration is successful – about 90% or more. There are several steps you can take to keep a good result and make your implant life permanent:
“Dental implants can improve the patient’s quality of life”
This is information is coming from McGill University in Montreal and Dr. Joslin S. Fine, Professor of Dentistry. Dr. Fine recently completed a study of patients who underwent the procedure, the benefits of implants for the health, and the cost to patients.
“Their reactions are phenomenal,” says Dr. Fine. Dental implant patients eat better and look healthier. They enjoy life much more than those who have preferred dentures. “Implants definitely add quality to patients’ lives,” says Dr. Fine.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are operatively inserted into the jaw to provide a firm support for dental crowns. Implants are artificial teeth that successfully replace the natural teeth, feel like extremely stable dental structures, and can also be used to attach entire or partial dentures.
Dentists warn that implants are not suitable for every patient. You can be a candidate if you are in good health, have healthy gums and enough bone to position the implant. You should also engage in excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
The implant surgery can be performed by local or general anesthesia. After the procedure, painkillers are usually used and appropriate antibiotics are prescribed.