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Dental Implants

False teeth may one day be a thing of the past. Dental implants may take longer to fully install, but they feel like natural teeth instead of a foreign object in your mouth. They also function just like your natural teeth, so you don’t have to put up with all the inconveniences and discomfort of dentures. Many people today are opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth rather than bridges, dentures, or other types of false teeth, and as the techniques and materials are constantly improving with research and education, dental implants have become the wave of the future.
If you need one tooth, or all your teeth, there is probably a dental implant solution that will work for you. There are implants where one tooth sits on top of one titanium screw, others where two or more teeth sit on top of one or more titanium screws, and the possibilities go all the way up to a full set of teeth connected to three pegs in the upper jaw and another three in the lower jaw. There are even removable versions, where the teeth snap onto the pegs and can be removed when necessary. Whatever your implant needs are, your dental surgeon will be able to find the right combination for you.
There are three main components to a dental implant and getting from start to finish on one implant takes anywhere from six months to a year, depending on your individual circumstances. The first step is an evaluation, to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will need to x-ray your jaw to determine if you have enough bone to support an implant properly, as well as go over your medical history in order to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. If you don’t, then a bone graft may be needed before you can even consider the implant. Once all the preliminary testing and examination done, you will be able to sit down with your dentist and agree on a plan for how exactly your dental implants will be done. Each plan is unique to the person – you may need one tooth or all your teeth, bone grafts in one area but not another, or there may be potential complications with the surgery that both you and your dental surgeon will have to take into account.