Dental implants are now the standard of care for a number of reasons. Implants are used to offer patients a foundation for new teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. The implant offers the patient an opportunity to regain normal function of the tooth without a bridge or dentures, both of which can cause deterioration of teeth and bone.
There are many appealing benefits to consider dental implants, including:
The tooth structure has 2 main sections: the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that’s below the gum line. A dental implant acts as the replacement for this section of the tooth. The titanium implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The 1st step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant, under regular dental anesthesia and sedation for comfort. The process can take from 1-3 hours, depending on the number of implants being placed.
Dental implants are only placed under anesthesia in the dentist’s office. When you come for your implant, you’ll undergo local anesthesia beforehand, and you may also be advised to use an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to manage any discomfort later.
When properly cared for, a dental implant can last up to 40 years. Even the very first modern implants designed in the 1990s, before current advances made implant dentistry more resilient, lasted for over a decade.
Age is not a factor when it comes to dental implants. If your bone structure is sufficient and there are no other eliminating conditions, implant dentistry should be a valid option for you.
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