Getting Implants for Your Teeth

What They’re Used For

When you go in for a dental implant, what exactly are you getting yourself into? It can be intimidating for those who have never experienced having to get an implant before, but it’s important to have in order to replace teeth that are either broken or missing. These implants are useful for supporting various other types of dental procedures, some of which include:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures

The Main Purpose

These dental implants are used in order to allow the teeth to not be moved about in various directions without it being caused by the actions of the individual. It serves to keep the teeth firmly in place so that they can be used when chewing or biting down on food or whatever is gnawed on.

Types of Implants

Most of the time these implants can be fused with the bone of the jaw, but they will feel unnatural compared to regular teeth, especially during chewing. It will take a long time for the new teeth to be adapted and feel more like the other teeth. Dental implants are usually placed as a type of root-form endosseous implant. This means that the implant looks similar to the actual root of the tooth and gets put within the bone. Before this, most implants were blade endosseous implants. This meant that the metal put in to replace the tooth had a flat blade shape to it. There were also subperiosteal implants where the implant was firmly attached to the bone of the jaw with screws. The modern version doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

Being Trained

Every student who trains in the field of dentistry must be able to work on dental implants as recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) within the United States. The training for these implants requires that there certain measures are taken before a procedure can begin. For example, general anesthesia must be used on the patient. In addition, there must be assistance from a certified clinician with experience working with teeth on a surgical level. While the actual procedure itself varies between countries, they all take multiple years of training and experience within medical school. By the end of their training the graduates will often have to test their skills by working on a real patient and performing dental implants in front of their teacher and classmates.

Success of the Implants

There’s not always going to be a guarantee that the implant will be successful. In fact the general consensus for the success rate of these implants tends to lie at around 75% max. There are variables that factor into the implant’s success such as the skill of the operator, the quality/quantity of the bone, and the patient’s overall oral hygiene. Any one of these things, if not properly taken care of, could lead to the tooth not being accepted and won’t be stable enough to be kept in. That’s why it’s very important to make sure your teeth are as clean and healthy as they can be.

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