Dental Implants

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Implants are used to replace missing roots and hold up replacement teeth that can be removable or permanently mounted on the implant.

Dental implant procedure

  • Your dentist or oral surgeon inserts a small metal screw-like post in the jaw.
  • Over time, it fuses with the jawbone.
  • The implant forms a solid basis to receive one or more artificial teeth.

Because the implant integrates into the bone, we can treat it pretty much as a natural tooth, except that it is more delicate and that you need to be more careful when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. It is important to clean gently all surfaces of the implant. A toothbrush with longer bristles at its tip can help you clean behind the implant. Floss gently at least once a day, paying special attention to the junction between the implant and the gingiva. A floss threader can also be useful.

Implants are not for everyone

You must…

  • Be healthy
  • Have healthy gums
  • Have a jawbone that is strong enough to receive the implant.

It is normal that the bone is narrowing if it does not support teeth anymore. Since the implant fuses with the jawbone, this is less likely to happen once you have implants.

On the other hand, if the teeth were missing since some time, a decrease in bone mass is possible. A bone graft – adding bone at the site of resorption – can restore the jawbone so that it better supports the implant. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if grafting is recommended in your case.

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