18 Sep Dental implants: When are they needed?
Over the course of your life, it can happen that you lose one or more teeth for various reasons. A condition that not only undermines the aesthetics of the face but, above all, can create problems on a functional and chewing level. However, thanks to the innovative Dental Implantology techniques, it is possible to return to smiling and eating as before. Let’s find out what dental implants are and when they are used.
What are dental implants used for?
Dental implants are used in the event of loss or lack of one or more teeth to restore a smile on the patient’s face and regenerate correct functionality and chewing.
What is an implant made of?
A dental implant is essentially a titanium or zirconia screw between 4mm and 16mm in length. This screw is inserted into the patient’s maxillary bone cavity specially prepared by the dentist to accommodate the new artificial tooth: the implant actually acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth. A sort of special attachment called an abutment is instead mounted on the upper part of the implant and creates the external connection to the actual replacement tooth, i.e., the crown: a prosthetic product indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Are the implants safe?
Dental implants are a safe way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking results. But implants, just like natural teeth, need constant care. Good oral hygiene at home and regular checkups with the dentist in North Miami beach are essential for a healthy implant.
What are the advantages of implants?
- They are aesthetically identical to natural teeth and are comfortable for the patient.
- They work in the same way as natural teeth, and there is no difficulty in chewing or cleaning.
- The implant keeps the bone structure under the replaced tooth intact, as masticatory forces are transmitted to the bone and stimulate the natural process of bone renewal. This helps preserve a good appearance, both of the artificial tooth and face.
- Dental implants can be used to give removable dentures a firm fit.
- With dental implants in Miami Florida, you don’t need to use special glues to hold the artificial teeth in place, as is the case with some dentures.
What are the stages of implant therapy?
There are four stages to implant therapy: examination, implant placement, tooth and impression preparation, and crown or bridge fitting.
- Preliminary examinations: A thorough mouth examination, including X-rays, allows the dentist to plan how and where to place the implants.
- Implant insertion: Implant surgery can be performed in one or two stages, depending on the circumstances. In both cases, the operation involves making a small incision in the gum to prepare the implant “bed” into which the implants are inserted. Two-stage surgery may be necessary if it is necessary to increase the amount of bone at the implant site using a bone graft or bone regeneration technique.
- Preparation of the teeth and the impression: When the gums have healed, after the insertion of the implants (after about 2/4 months), the dentist will take a new impression of the mouth. This will be used to create a model on which the dental technician will build the crown, taking care to obtain a natural finish that matches the rest of your teeth.
- Screwing in crowns: The dentist will cement or screw the crowns onto the abutments above the dental implants in MiamiFlorida, check that they fit well and look good, and check that the upper and lower teeth work together comfortably when chewing.
The three most important things you can do to maximize the life and health of your implants are to avoid smoking, perform good daily oral hygiene at home, and schedule regular dental checkups to check the health of your teeth, gums, and implants.