How Are Dental Implants Installed

If you have missing or loose teeth  you may be considering dental implants.  There are many benefits to having dental implants.  First, dental implants fit better than dentures because they are attached directly into your jawbone.  They look more than natural teeth than dentures or a bridge, and with proper care, they have a greater longevity. Perhaps you are still undecided, because you are unsure of the procedure it takes to install dental implants.  Read further to get a more in depth look into how dental implants are installed.  

Dental Implants Require Oral Surgery

To have dental implants installed, you will have to go through oral surgery. The process actually takes several months to complete, with the first phase being the surgery that places them directly into your jawbone. First, the  implants, which look like screws, are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants are allowed to bond to your jawbone to form anchors for your artificial teeth. Your dentist may give you a temporary denture to cover any gaps. You will have to remove to clean it and you should also take it out to sleep. 

Sometimes, a second stage is required to uncover the implants and from there the extensions will be placed.  These will be temporary as they allow the crowns to attach to the implants, thus creating the foundation which your new teeth will be placed.  If a second stage is required, your gums need to heal for a couple of weeks after this procedure.  

Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These temporary healing caps, along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.  Sometimes this second stage is not required, and your dentist will decide the best route to take based on each individual.  

From there, the connecting device that holds your new teeth can be tightened onto your implants, or it can be clipped to an anchor.  And finally, full bridges will be made and placed to a connecting device called and abutment. It takes a short time to heal, and then you will end up with new crowns that look and feel more natural than dentures.

After The Procedure

After the procedure, it is very important to take good care of the dental implants.  With proper care, your implants can last up to 25 years. For proper maintenance, practice good oral hygiene.  Brush and floss daily, just like you would with natural teeth. Continue to see your dentist and make sure you schedule regular check ups. And protect your new teeth by avoiding tobacco products, which can stain your teeth.  Avoid hard items like ice or hard candy, which can break your new crowns. And, try to break bad habits like using your teeth to open wrappers or bottles. If you grind your teeth, seek treatment do you can stop. Follow these aftercare tips and you can enjoy a new smile and boost your confidence.  

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