Dental surgery has come a long way. When compared to current trends, just a few decades ago people had a rough time dealing with dental problems. Before dental implants were developed, dentists offered dentures as the only replacement for missing teeth and they used them to cover the more obvious gaps in the mouth resulting from lost teeth.
Dental implants are basically synthetic roots which are normally placed along the area where a tooth normally takes root, and this means they are anchored directly to the jawbone and they act as the foundation for a bridge or artificial teeth. They are excellent for putting together a synthetic tooth because of their durability, among other factors.
Implants are popular because they are very well designed and they look a lot like natural teeth, making it nearly impossible for another person to tell the difference between them and a real tooth. The implants are made of synthetic yet bio-compatible material such as ceramic or metal, which makes them last: unfortunately not everybody qualifies as a healthy candidate for the procedure.
In order for the implant to take proper hold, the candidate must have good bone density and a fairly strong immune system. This cancels out individuals with diabetes, chronic bruxism, among other conditions. But aside from that, dental implants require proper oral hygiene and candidates who maintain hygiene almost always guarantee a high success rate after the procedure.
Several types of implants exist today. These include:
- single tooth replacement
- anterior replacement: implants used to replace front teeth
- full upper-replacement: replacement of upper teeth with implants
- full lower-replacement: normally involves six dental implants placed near the front which act as anchors for dentures
- posterior replacement: used in the replacement of molars and bicuspids
The steps used in these procedures involve:
- replacing missing teeth with implants
- a six-month healing period to allow the implants time to take hold
- uncovering implants and adding extensions
- replacing teeth with artificials which are then hooked to the extensions
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