Dental Implants and Improving the Odds for a Successful Procedure
The era of traditional dentures may be coming to a close. Dental implants provide a brilliant alternative. Instead of being fitted for removable “false teeth”, dental bridges can be implanted directly into the jaw. Once the process is complete, the prosthetic replacements perform the work of the original teeth. Visually, the cosmetic implants do not look at all different from the original teeth.
A patient does have to be a viable candidate for the procedure. As long as there is enough bone in the jaw, then a person may very well be a good candidate.
The Implant Process
The way dental implants work is relative simple. Holes are drilling in the jaw bone in order to insert implants. Once the implants are in place, a bridge of cosmetic teeth is screwed into the implant.
The procedure is not performed all at once. The implants must be given time to affix to the jaw bone, a process that may take several weeks. Bone growth must occur in order to stabilize the implants. A lack of bone in the jaw can create problems. Namely, a person could end up not being a candidate for the implant procedure.
Caring for the Teeth
Not all tooth loss is the result of periodontal disease. Accidents are a common reason why teeth are knocked out. Replacing the teeth with implants can, however, be a major problem if the bone in the jaw has been reduced by poor dental hygiene.
Without proper dental treatment, bone loss may result from gum disease. In order to preserve the bone in the jaw as best as possible, caring for the teeth is critical. Periodontal disease must be treated without delays and long before the condition reaches and damages the bone.
Visiting the dentist twice a year is a must for those hoping to keep bone loss to a minimum. Not seeing the dentist for extended periods of time sets the stage for potential dental disasters. Namely, the ability to undergo helpful procedures such as dental implant surgery is put at risk due to neglect.
Bone Growth Potential
The potential for regenerating lost bone is possible with a unique procedure. Clearly, the bone loss has to be caught in time in order for the regeneration to be successful. Consider this another reason why it is so critical to see the dentist at least twice a year. Doing so could very well assist any potential future implant procedures.
With any and all dental procedures, the patient’s diligent care of his/her teeth plays a major role in a successful outcome. For more information, please check out the Chrysalis Dental Centres website.