Saturday, June 27, 2015
Dental Implant: For Improved Natural Smile, Comfort, and Oral Health
For patients with serious dental problems such as missing or chipped teeth, cosmetic work is often the best option. Other than the fact that smiling with missing teeth showing through isn’t attractive at all, the gaps can pose some serious health risks. Fortunately, dental implants have become popular options to improve smile, comfort, and overall oral health for many patients. Dental implant procedures enjoy a very high success rate where local anesthesia is adequate to perform these outpatient procedures. However, a three-step process is widely practiced that involves burying the implant underneath the gum, connecting an abutment or post and allowing the gum to heal around it, and finally, placing the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) on the osseointegrated implant. Osseointegration (bone cells attaching themselves to the titanium surface, locking implant into the jaw bones) takes 3 to 6 months.