If you have lost a tooth, for whatever reason, you can avoid dentures or partials by getting implants. Fake teeth implants look and act like natural teeth. Moreover, they are beneficial for maintaining bone structure and the health of the surrounding teeth. Following are four questions and answers about dental implants.
What are implants?
Dental implants are ceramic teeth that are made to look like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, though, they actually become permanent teeth. A small titanium post is inserted into the bone where the missing tooth was. The bone heals around the post making it a permanent part of your jaw. Then a second post is attached to the first post. The second post sticks out of the gum. It is to the second post that the artificial tooth is permanently attached.
What process is involved?
There are usually three steps involved in getting dental implants:
- A surgery is performed to insert the titanium post into the jawbone.
- A healing period comes next. Depending on the severity of the case and how quickly you heal, this can take between three and six months. During this healing period you can be fitted with a temporary crown to wear. Also during this time your new tooth is being shaped and colored to match your natural set of teeth.
- The final step is another surgery that opens the gum and allows the dentist to attach the second post to the first post. At this time, the ceramic tooth is then attached to the second post.
How do you care for them?
Taking care of dental implants is no different than taking care of natural teeth. You need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Flossing is important because it still removes food that gets stuck between the implanted tooth and the natural tooth next to it. Moreover, flossing improves your gum health and prevents bacteria from colonizing next to the natural teeth. Finally, you should also visit your dentist on a regular basis to ensure that all is going well with the implant.
What types of implants are there?
There are three basic types of fake teeth implants. You can get a single tooth replacement, a bridge that replaces three or more teeth, or a total replacement for the upper or lower jaw.
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