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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth (crowns) designed to match your natural teeth.
While both serve the purpose of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are permanent fixtures anchored in the jawbone, whereas dentures are removable. Implants offer more stability, function like natural teeth, and don't require special cleaning solutions as dentures do.
Yes, dental implants are a tried-and-tested treatment with a success rate of over 95%. Properly placed and cared for implants can last a lifetime.
The entire process, from implant placement to crown attachment, can take several months. This allows time for the jawbone to fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration. However, some procedures, like same-day implants, can be completed more quickly.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and sedation, ensuring the patient feels minimal discomfort. Post-operative pain is comparable to that of other dental surgeries and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
While technically any dentist can place an implant, it's crucial to see a dentist or oral surgeon with specialized training and experience in implantology for optimal results.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. The crown atop the implant may need replacement after 10-15 years due to wear and tear.
Ideal candidates should have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. They should commit to regular dental visits and maintain good oral hygiene. Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, or untreated gum disease may require additional evaluations.
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth – regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. They do not require special care like dentures.
The implant itself cannot decay. However, it's essential to maintain the health of the surrounding gums and bone to ensure the longevity of the implant.
While the initial investment may be higher than other tooth-replacement options, dental implants can be more cost-effective in the long run due to their durability and lack of ongoing maintenance costs.
Smoking increases the risk of complications and can slow the healing process. While it doesn't disqualify you from getting implants, it's advisable to quit smoking to improve the success rate.