If you're looking for a permanent, natural-looking way of replacing missing teeth then dental implants are what you need.
A dental implant is a metal post, usually made from titanium, that is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum and acts as an artificial root. The implant is threaded to allow an abutment to be screwed into it. Once in place, your dentist can then mount a false tooth, or teeth, securely onto the fitting to provide an identical match to the rest of your natural teeth.
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration as just having missing teeth is not necessarily reason enough to have dental implants:
The overall condition of your mouth needs to provide a stable environment if dental implants problems are to be avoided. Any existing broken teeth, gum disease or dental decay will need to be remedied first before dental implants can be inserted.
You will need to undergo a bone assessment to ascertain whether you have enough existing bone in a suitable area to support your dental implants. This process usually involves x-raying the jawbone or, in some instances, undergoing a CT-type scan.
Your personal dental hygiene regime could also affect your suitability for a dental implants procedure. You need to be committed to maintaining healthy teeth and gums at all times as a healthy mouth is essential if the treatment is to be successful.
Your general health can also impact on whether you can be considered for dental implants. A variety of medical risk and lifestyle factors exist that can affect your suitability, such as diabetes and smoking. Each case is different and your dentist will discuss these factors with you in greater detail.
There are three stages in the dental implants process:
The fitting of the implant is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. Your dentist will make a small incision into your gum and then drill a small hole into your jawbone. If you’ve had any teeth extracted prior to the surgery, it may be possible for your dentist to fit the implant straight into the existing tooth socket. Usually, however, you will need a follow-up appointment to allow time for your jawbone to recover before having the implant fitted.
The abutment is a small post onto which a crown can be fitted. The abutment screws directly into the dental implant that has been inserted into your jawbone. In some case, the abutment can be fitted at the same time as the implant. It is normally customary, however, to allow time for your gums and jawbone to heal, and for the implant to fuse with your bone in a process called osseointegration. This takes between 3 and 12 months. You will need a follow-up appointment to reopen the gum, exposing the implant to allow the abutment to be fitted.
Attaching the crown is a straightforward process once the abutment is in place, and this procedure is usually carried out during the abutment fitting.
You will be allowed to go home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. It can take several hours for feeling to return to your mouth completely, and you may require pain relief to counteract any discomfort that you experience. Avoid any hot food or drinks until feeling has fully returned to your mouth, and only eat soft foods for the first week after your dental implants procedure.
It is essential that you maintain good oral hygiene to avoid any potential infection. You may be given antibiotics or an antiseptic mouthwash, and you may also need to use special brushes to help clean in between the gaps in your teeth.
Once you have fully recovered, your replacement teeth and dental implants should work exactly the same as your natural teeth. You should be able to eat and drink normally, but you should brush and floss twice daily and make regular visits to your dentist and hygienist to ensure that your new teeth remain healthy.
Dental Departures has compiled comprehensive lists of quality-checked dentists and clinics from all over the world. We carry out background checks to ensure that professional memberships and qualifications are legitimate. Site visits are undertaken and patient reviews are conducted to guarantee that facilities and services are of the highest standard. In fact, many of the dentists in our listings are members of globally-recognised organisations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, so you can be sure that the standard of treatment you receive will be just as good as your domestic dentists.
Tooth implant prices vary greatly from country to country, so it’s possible to make substantial savings by comparing domestic fees to the costs being charged for the same treatment in other countries:
At Dental Departures, we have links to thousands of clinics and dental surgeons throughout the world who can deliver top quality dental implants for a fraction of the price that you will pay at home.
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Our website contains all the information you need to research top clinic locations and start comparing dental implant quotes. We operate a best price guarantee to ensure that you get an unbeatable deal, and also have close affiliations with several independent insurance providers who can provide additional medical insurance for extra peace of mind.
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