When it comes to teeth replacement options, dental implants are the gold standard. Dental implants replace missing dental roots when you have your teeth extracted. Because of this, you can expect that dental implants would in a more permanent way compared to bridges and dentures. This sturdy manner of replacing teeth makes it a perfect investment for the long run.
The Principle: Osseointegration
Osseointegration is the process of the titanium rod combining with the adjacent osseous or bone tissues. This process is the main reason for why dental implants are inherently sturdy and durable. With dental implants, what are replaced are the missing dental roots when your teeth are extracted. On the other hand, the other tooth replacement options, such as bridges and dentures, replace the crown but not the dental roots. This results in the entire structure being rather flimsy and easily removed. In order to replace the dental roots, titanium rods are inserted into the now-vacated dental sockets and allowed to interact with the surrounding bone tissues which make up the supporting structures on your jawbone.
The process of installing dental implants is a rather lengthy one, and happens in phases. The first phase involves making an incision through the gums of the patient in order to put the dental implant into place. With the use of a drill, a hole will have to be made through the socket so that the implant can be installed. Once this is done, the flap of gum is placed and stitched back on. Before the second phase can be started, the dental implant and the gum flap removed should first be allowed to heal. The second phase now involves the attachment of the crown to make it seem like you have all of your natural teeth.
The Recovery Periods
Because the entire procedure is done in a serial method, then this would mean that how fast your dentist can get along with the entire procedure will depend on the rate that your implant will heal. People with not so competent immune systems would take longer to heal, and, therefore, may not be advised to go forward with the dental implant procedure. The problem when it takes you a very long time to heal is that your wounds might just become infected since you have a higher chance for complications.
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