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Implant restoration is one of the most successful and effective methods of tooth replacement. The device consists of two separate parts: a titanium post to replace the tooth root system, and the porcelain crown, which is cemented onto the post.
Dental implants restore such oral functions as speech and mastication (chewing). In addition, by retaining and preventing shifting of bone structure, they improve facial aesthetics and reduce gingival (gum line) discrepancies. They are easy to maintain and can maintain or improve a patient’s self-confidence. Dental implants also help prevent unnecessary stress on adjacent teeth.
Patients with overall good oral health and proper home care are typically the best candidates for an implant restoration. Depending upon the area of the mouth concerned, a ceramic or titanium posts will be chosen. Pre-implant strategies, such as bone grafting, are sometimes implemented for patients with significant loss of hard or soft tissue mass. Young children or elderly patients may be precluded from this type of treatment, in which case they will be offered other options.
When it is established that the patient is a good candidate for implant therapy, we begin with a full review of health history, and oral and nutritional habits. The patient’s physician is typically consulted prior to initiating treatment. Any existing conditions are taken into consideration, and the patient will be expected to adhere to a specified oral care regimen to maintain their health throughout the course of treatment. This component of dental therapy is especially important to ensure correct fusion of the implant to the bone and proper retention of the appliance.
The healing process generally takes several months and is closely monitored by the dentist. All implant recipients are pre appointed for post-therapy observations and supervision to assure favorable results. The final restoration, be it a crown or bridge, completes the process.
Implants are also beneficial for fully edentulous (without teeth) patients with low alveolar ridges (one of the two jaw ridges either on the roof of the mouth between the upper teeth and the hard palate or on the bottom of the mouth behind the lower teeth)to retain their dentures.
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