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What Should I Know Before Getting a Tooth Implant?

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  • Written By: K T Solis
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 19 July 2018
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A tooth implant, also known as a dental implant, is an artificial root that the periodontist places inside the mouth in order to support an artificial tooth or bridge. People who have missing teeth or spaces between the teeth may receive a tooth implant. Before undergoing a tooth implant, a dental patient should have teeth that are in general good health. Before the periodontist performs the tooth implant, he will consult with the patient in order to decide the location and the manner in which the implant will be placed. Several treatment plans are available according to the specific needs of each patient.

Those who are only missing one tooth will only require a single tooth implant and a crown. The tooth implant will replace the original tooth and the root. Patients who are missing more than one tooth will often need bridges. Tooth implants used for this purpose will replace several natural teeth and their roots. If a patient needs all of her teeth replaced, the periodontist will insert a full denture or full bridge.

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Some patients may even require sinus augmentation, a procedure where the periodontist raises the sinus floor and bone in order to place tooth implants. Patients whose upper or lower jaw is deformed will need to have the problem corrected in order to have adequate bone in which to place the tooth implant. In this situation, the periodontist lifts the gum away from the ridge in order to expose the defect. Bone or bone substitute is used to reinforce the ridge. This procedure improves the patient's appearance and lays the foundation for a successful implant.

When a patient receives a dental implant, the periodontist performs surgery to create an anchor for the tooth. This surgery can last several hours. Following the operation, the patient must wait up to six months, allowing the bone to grow around the anchor and keep it stable. After the gums are completely healed, artificial teeth are created and attached to the anchor. It may require various fittings in order to get the teeth placed properly.

After a dental implant is performed, the patient must commit to maintaining the health of her teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are essential parts of good oral hygiene. The periodontist who performed the surgery will work closely with the patient and her dentist in order to ensure that the implant, natural teeth, and gums remain healthy.

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