Dental Implants Guide

Discover everything you need to know about dental implants in our comprehensive ultimate guide.

Dental Implants Guide

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Welcome to the dental implants guide! If you’re looking for dental implants or just want to learn more about them you’re in the right place. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about dental implants including what they are, benefits, types, procedure, aftercare, cost, risks and faq’s. So let’s get started!

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses with the jawbone through osseointegration. This integration provides a solid base for the replacement tooth so it functions and feels like a natural tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many benefits that make them the most popular tooth replacement option:

  • Better appearance and self confidence: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth so you can smile with confidence.
  • Better oral function: Unlike removable dentures, dental implants allow you to eat, speak and chew without worrying about slippage.
  • Long term solution: With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime so they are a long term cost effective option.
  • Preserves jawbone health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone so you don’t lose bone and maintain the facial structure.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several types of dental implants each designed for specific needs:

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. They are placed directly into the jawbone and provide a solid base for individual replacement teeth or bridges.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants for patients with insufficient jawbone height or volume. They are placed on or above the jawbone, beneath the gum tissue and are for patients who can’t undergo bone augmentation procedures.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant procedure involves several stages:

Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning

During the initial consultation, your dentist will assess your oral health, take X-rays and discuss your treatment goals. A treatment plan will be created for your specific needs.

Implant Placement

Under local anesthesia the dental implant is placed into the jawbone. Over the next few months the implant will fuse with the bone through osseointegration so it’s stable and strong.

Abutment Placement

Once osseointegration is complete an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment is a connector between the implant and the replacement tooth or bridge.

Placement of the Replacement Tooth or Bridge

Finally the replacement tooth or bridge is attached to the abutment and the dental implant restoration is complete. Your dentist will check the fit, function and aesthetics.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Aftercare and maintenance is key to the success and longevity of dental implants:

Oral Hygiene

Brush twice a day, floss daily and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to maintain oral hygiene and prevent infection around the implant.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Regular visits to your dentist will allow them to check the health of your implants, do professional cleanings and address any concerns.

Avoid Harmful Habits

Avoid habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and chewing on hard objects as they can damage your implants.

Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the number of implants, if additional procedures are required (bone grafting) and the location of the dental practice. Best to consult with your dentist to get an exact quote for your case.

Risks and Complications

Dental implants have a high success rate but like any surgical procedure there are risks and complications to be aware of:

Infection

Infection around the implant site can occur if oral hygiene is not maintained properly. If left untreated can lead to implant failure.

Implant Failure

In rare cases the implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone or become loose over time. This can be due to various reasons including poor oral hygiene, smoking or certain medical conditions.

Nerve Damage

During the implant placement procedure there is a small risk of nerve damage which can cause numbness or tingling in the lips, tongue or chin. But this is rare and usually temporary.

FAQs Dental Implants

Here are some FAQs about dental implants:

Are dental implants painful?

The dental implant procedure is done under local anesthesia so you will feel minimal discomfort during the surgery. After the procedure you may experience some mild soreness and swelling which can be managed with over the counter pain medications.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The duration of the dental implant process varies from case to case. On average it takes 3-6 months for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. If additional procedures are required (bone grafting) the overall treatment time may be longer.

Who can get dental implants?

Most people with sufficient jawbone density can get dental implants. However certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or active gum disease may affect the success of the procedure. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and medical history to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and regular dental check-ups dental implants can last a lifetime. However the longevity of dental implants varies from person to person depending on oral hygiene practices, overall health and lifestyle habits.

Ready for a Lifetime of Smiles with Genç Dental?

Getting dental implants is a decision that can change your life and confidence. At Genç Dental®, we’re committed to deliver you top quality dental implant services. Our team of specialist physicians and academic leaders are at the forefront of dental innovation, so your care is in the hands of experts who are dedicated to excellence. Since 2015 we have helped thousands of people get their dream smile and we can do the same for you. Don’t wait any longer for the smile you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your consultation at Genç Dental® and start your journey to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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