What are Dental Implants? – Answering the Basics

Nothing can influence your self-confidence quite like a smile. Oral aesthetic issues like missing teeth can have a huge impact on your overall self-esteem as well as your ability to eat foods you love or – depending on the issue – to speak properly. As a result, choosing the right solution to your problem is important. For many, today’s dental implants are the best option and one well worth looking into. If you’re unsure of just what dental implants are, it only takes a few minutes to understand what they are, how they work, and why they’re so well worth considering. Dental implants are what they sound like. They’re a permanent prosthetic applied to the mouth to replace missing teeth. The procedure is easy to understand. A small hole is drilled through the gum and into the jaw bone beneath. Then a small artificial root is inserted into the hole. After a period of time, the jaw bone fuses to the implant and it becomes a permanent part of the mouth. Once it has fused, an artificial tooth will be loaded onto the implant and you’ll have a new tooth. Today many dental implants are made during a tooth extraction. That makes for an easier recovery and healing time since there is no need to wait for the initial surgery to heal. And depending upon the type of implant, the length of time between implant and loading of the artificial tooth can vary. In single-tooth situations, it may be done immediately while in some cases it may take a month or more before grafting has occurred enough to allow for the implants. Either way, it’s well worth considering when you’re looking into tooth replacement options. Dental implants can be used for single replacements, for bridge-supported implants, and even for replacing every tooth in your mouth. The benefits over dentures and removable partials are obvious. Implants are permanent and are treated just like real teeth. You can eat whatever you like, never worry with denture cream or application gel, and know that nobody can tell you’ve even had the procedure done. This new form of biotechnology is leading the way in oral prosthetic care and more people are electing to have it done. It’s not hard to see why when you’re looking at all of your options.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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