Dental science has progressed considerably in the last two decades. Even a few years back, replacing missing teeth would be about using dentures, and while dentures are still in use and do have a few advantages, dental implants are now available. Implants, as dental implants are also called, are replacement tooth roots. If you are considering implants and want to visit Centre Implant Dentaire Rive-Sud, we have a go-to guide on the basics.
What are dental implants?
Implants, as we mentioned, are replacement tooth roots, which are placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth. The jawbone will secure the implant in its place and it will become a part of the gums. This the most critical step in getting dental implants and can take as long as 12 weeks. Once the dentist finds that the implant is fixed to the jawbone, a special abutment is secured to the implant, which will serve as the base for the replacement teeth. Next, the dentist will follow the steps as required to get the impression of your teeth, to design replacement teeth, which will be attached to respective abutments. The replacement teeth can be removable or fixed, depending on how the patient likes it.
Are dental implants safe? Is the process painful?
Since people don’t know much about implants, they are often scared if the process is going to be painful, given that implants are considered to be permanent. However, if you can withstand the pain of tooth removal, getting implants should not be complicated for. Dental implants have a high success rate and are easily the best solution for replacing missing teeth. We do recommend that you select a clinic that specializes in implants, as the whole process and treatment plan is customized as per the needs of the patient. It is also important that the dentist is experienced with implants in general and must be available to take questions.
Cost and other aspects
Most people are good candidates for dental implants, except for heavy smokers, people with conditions such as diabetes and other chronic diseases. Your dentist is the best person to decide if dental implants are right for. The cost of getting dental implants is certainly more than dentures, but if well taken care of, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Check with your dental clinic and find more if this is the best choice for your case.