Lots of dental offices are promoting implants as the perfect remedy to missing teeth. It’s true that dental implants represent the highest standard of restorative care. But before you rush out to get one, you should understand what’s required.
A Good Dental Implant Takes Time
What does it take to get a dental implant?
It kind of looks like all you do is stick a fake tooth in the gap where one is missing. In reality, however, there’s so much more to it than that.
Dental implants are more likely to be successful in a mouth with lots of healthy bone. Special scans and x-rays will show whether your mouth is a good candidate for an implant. If there isn’t enough bone, you may need more than one surgery to prepare it.
The implant procedure itself is not complicated, but there are several months of healing that follow.
Implants Require Care
Long after you finally get an implant, you need to take good care of it to make it last. A dental implant may be a false tooth, but it’s still a part of your bone. The screw itself fuses with the jawbone around it. If the implant isn’t kept clean, the surrounding tissues can get infected.
An implant can eventually become totally loose if inflammation sets in. At this point, there’s a good chance of it failing.
Even after years of successful implant use, you can still lose it if you don’t properly brush and gently floss it!
Given that an implant represents an investment of time and effort in addition to cost, it’s not the right choice for everyone. If you’re interested in seeing whether you qualify, call your local dental office and schedule a visit.
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
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