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Let dental implants help you smile like never before

Dental implants are said to be much better, natural and secure than teeth dentures. Most people feel insecure or lack self-esteem since they cannot speak or smile openly, clearly and confidently when present in a social setting.  People even with dentures feel insecure since they are not permanently intact with your gums and removing them while eating or amongst a group of people can be very unattractive, messy and embarrassing. Compared to dentures, dental implants are very firm and solid and look as natural as they can. Getting dental implants will allow you to smile as openly and as confidently as you can. With the help of a good orthodontist and regular maintenance and care, dental implants can last a life time. So if you worry about a tooth missing, worry no more, get this easy and simple procedure done that will definitely last an eternity.

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The implantation procedure

The dental implant is a simple procedure. The dental implant is made out of pure titanium and there are grades of titanium teeth present, ranging from 1 to 5; 5 being the most pure form of titanium. Often dental implants are sprayed with substances that increase its surface area, and also the potential of acceptability of these teeth by the bone present in the gum. The most widely used type of dental implant is of range 5 titanium. Now what happens in a dental implant? Firstly and fore mostly, a dental professional team create an individualized plan for the patients that cater to every possible need of the patient. After that, the very first step is to insert a titanium dental implant into the place where the teeth is missing. This titanium dental implant is fixed into the bone of the gum after which the orthodontist gives the patient a healing time of up to 18 weeks. During this time period the gum and the bone attaches it and grows around the titanium dental implant. After this implant has heeled properly, a crown is placed over it which easily attaches itself to the titanium support. The crown is constructed from scratch according to the shape and size of the gum, after taking impressions of the patient’s teeth. The crown is even made in the same color as the rest of your teeth so as to give it the most natural look. From a distance, one cannot identity the difference between you natural teeth and a dental implant. Dental implants are to be treated exactly like your own teeth. All they need is regular brushing and flossing and a monthly trip to the dentist for a regular checkup.

History

So how was this amazing invention created? Like all other inventions, this too was an accident. Dental implants were first constructed in 1952; hence it is a recent development. It was developed in the lab of a town called Lund, situated in Sweden. The creator of this amazing invention is Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark. The dental implant was accidently created in a bone grafting experiment. During his experiment he observed that the titanium used in the experiment had instantly bonded with the living bone tissue, showing an immensely high rate of acceptability. The professor further studied this process and claimed that the possibility of rejection by body tissue or inflammation of the body tissue was close to zero and could be used to replace teeth. He named the process of attaching a bone to a titanium implant, osseointegration. This term is still medically used in the field of science. Hence dental implants were then structured out of titanium and were from then onwards used to replace missing teeth. The first patient who underwent the dental implantation procedure was a patient in 1965 and showed 100% success.

Advantages of dental implants

Dental implants should be considered by people who are missing one tooth or a number of teeth due to several reasons. Dental implants help increase comfort and convenience while chewing and eating. They provide confidence and boost a person’s ability to smile and speak clearly hence enhancing his or her self esteem. Furthermore, they increase a person’s overall oral hygiene, since an exposed gum due to a missing tooth is more prone to infections and germs.

Types of dental implants

More recently there has also been a further development in dental implants. Previously implants could only be attached in the bone present inside the gum. This is known as endosteal. A new procedure is now present, in which the dental implant can also be attached on the bone rather than attaching it inside the bone. This type of dental implant is known as subperiosteal. This type of procedure is best for patients who have minimal bone height and cannot support dental implants within the bone.

Who can get a dental implant?

Dental implants are most feasible and suitable for those who are in good oral health. For this patient’s need a proper analysis and examination of their gums and teeth. Furthermore, patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart/lung related diseases should refrain from getting dental implants. Also, the orthodontist needs to make sure that there is sufficient bone present in the gum to hold and support the implant. Lastly, gum tissues need to be studied and analyzed for any problems.

After-care

After a dental implant, your dentist usually provides you with an after-care plan as to what you should do with your brand new teeth. Your dental implants require the same amount of care as your natural teeth do. Regular flossing and brushing and visits to the dentists should be sufficient.

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