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Considering A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is essentially a metal tooth root that’s anchored into the jaw bone. It becomes the base for fitting the tooth/ bridge. While bridges are also used to fill in gaps created by missing teeth; implants are different in that they don’t rely on the adjacent teeth for support. In addition, they are stable and permanent. Implants are the best solution for tooth loss and they also feel and look like natural teeth.

Dental implants – the procedure

  • The titanium root is implanted in the bone
  • It is given time to bond with the bone
  • Once the area has completely healed, the prosthetic tooth is placed on top of this implant
  • In some instances, more than one implant will be placed. In this case, the implants are connected using a bridge and the 2 extreme ends are then connected to the implants. This helps people avoid using removable dentures

Who is the right candidate for dental implants?

Not everyone can be a candidate for dental implants; there are certain limitations, such as:

  • You should be in good health
  • It’s important that you have the proper bone structure
  • Your gums should be healthy as they have to hold the implant in place
  • If you have any chronic illnesses like diabetes or certain problems like bruxism or clenching, this can have a negative impact in the success rate of the implant
  • Smokers or those who consume alcohol may not be suitable candidates for dental implants

People who have dentures can also opt for dental implants in place of their removable dentures. This process of fixing a dental implant can take up to 9 months to get completed. Every patient heals at a different rate and that is why there is a variation in time. Once the posts and the implants have been surgically placed, it can take up to 6 months for it to heal. Fitting the teeth can take over 2 months. In case the patient has good bone quality, only one appointment is required to place the posts and replace the teeth.

We provide the best treatment dental implants in our state-of-the-art clinic. For any more details about the different services we provide, contact us without delay. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentist, call us at 704-544.3363.

Learn The Basics of Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene/dental hygiene means the overall maintenance of the mouth, gums and teeth. It includes daily maintenance at home as well as regular dental checkups and professional teeth-cleaning treatments. Just as it is important for you to brush and floss your teeth regularly, it is equally important that you get professional cleanings done from your dentist/dental hygienist. This is the best way of keeping your natural teeth for years to come.

The Oral Hygiene Process

Regardless of how religiously and meticulously you brush & floss every day, over time there will be a build-up of calculus on the teeth. As this calculus builds under the gum line, bacteria begin invading the area and can lead to a range of dental problems. Your dental hygienist will ensure that this calculus build-up is eliminated. This helps in maintaining optimum oral health.

Maintaining Oral Health

Dental hygienists are experts at scraping away all the hard plaque & in removing calculus deposits. They take x-rays for your dentist and the latter will check thoroughly for dental decay, tumors, cysts or changes in the bone-support of the teeth.

Once the hygienist has finished cleaning the teeth, your dentist will then examine your gums and teeth for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends that patients should visit the dentist & dental hygienist 2 times every year. This goes a long way in promoting good oral health.

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