What is the purpose of dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for patients. They are designed as a replacement for the entire structure of the missing tooth. Therefore, implants replace not only the crown but also the root. Implants closely resemble small screws; they are commonly made of a titanium alloy. They serve as artificial roots. After they have been surgically inserted into the jaw, the natural bone tissue and implant posts fuse in a process known as osseointegration. Therefore, they become an essential aspect of the natural anatomy of the patient. Implants provide stability and security that can be compared to healthy tooth roots. Custom-crafted replacement teeth are attached to the dental implants using abutments.
If I am to opt for dental implant surgery, what are the minimum criteria that I have to meet?
The best candidates for this tooth replacement procedure should have bone tissue in the jaw that is of sufficient density. Patients must be entirely free of periodontal disease. They must not be smokers or should be ready to give up smoking as this could hinder the osseointegration process. While patients must be in good health, they must also be ready to commit to healthy habits and a thorough oral hygiene regimen. Patients must also be willing to make routine dental visits during the post-surgery period.
If I suffer from periodontal disease, how will the dentist treat it so that I can get implants?
For those who suffer from mild gum disease, a diligent oral regimen routine at home after a deep cleaning may be enough to restore your oral health. For those with advanced forms of the disease, a surgery may be needed to remove diseased gum tissue to induce the regrowth of healthy tissue.