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Dental implants are the most advanced, ideal solution for tooth loss and weak gums. Dental implants can substitute dental crowns, their purpose is to fill in a missing tooth or more.
People with full or partial dentures can sometimes feel discomfort and difficulties in eating and speaking. Dental implants are known for their strength and stability, and can offer the patient a sense of security. Younger patients with rocking teeth resulting from receding gums can also restore their confidence with dental implants.
Examination and treatment plan
As a rule, dental implants cannot be used as a substitute for treatment. In many cases, a treated tooth is preferred over a dental implant. When, for medical reasons, the dentist has to let go of one tooth or more, a possible solution is rehabilitation with the use of dental implants, bridges or removable dentures, together with other solutions.
Before using dental implants, a diagnosis should be made by the dentist. Very often, a CT scan of the toothless area should be made, upon which to design the treatment plan.
The practice of dental implants
Dental implants are metal parts made of titanium, inserted and attached to the jaw. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, the recovery of which is relatively simple and short, depending on the patient’s health condition. In that, smoking can reduce the chances of integration.
The dentist removes the stitches 7 days after the dental implant surgery, while initial healing is normally achieved in 2 weeks.
Dental implants: rehabilitation period and risks
The rehabilitation after a dental implant surgery includes several stages. The required level of accuracy is higher than that of rehabilitation of natural teeth, and so the process can take up to 6 months before dental crowns can be inserted (during the interim stage, temporary denture or bridge are commonly used).
Some of the risks entailed in a dental implant surgery are standard surgical risks such as infection, hematoma and paresthesia in the treated area. The success of tooth implants surgery is not only dependent on the design of the loading, but also on the right dentist, which should be selected in accordance with the level of preciseness required.
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