Getting a Dental Implant: what you need to know

Getting a Dental Implant: what you need to know
February 16th, 2016 | Blog | 1 Comment

A dental implan is one of the many ways in which a patient can restore a lost tooth. Bridges and dentures are the most common non-invasive procedures. On the other hand, a Dental Implant is the perfect choice when you need to replace missing roots, or provide additional support for a replacement. They are very comfortable, and look like natural teeth, while at the same time avoiding some of the complications of other kinds of procedures.

What is a Dental Implant

Dental implants are artificial roots usually made of a titanium alloy, in other words, it´s designed to replace the area of the tooth that´s beneath your gums. You might wonder, why Titanium?. Because this particular material fuses with bone, so, it ends up affixing to the jawbone, which provides a very strong support for the replacement tooth. One could say that an implant acts as an anchor which holds the replacement in place.

That support is extremely important, since it help to redistribute the force exerted by a bite, reducing the pressure the tooth has to endure and minimizing the risk of fracturing the replacement.

Is every dentist capable of doing a Dental Implant?

The answer is no, many dentists may refer you to another specialist who has expertise on Implants. Dental experts, who specialize or are trained to perform surgery, are usually called oral or maxillofacial surgeons.

Keep in mind that there are different kinds of implants, from traditional implants to most recent techniques (like All-on-4). Not every surgeon is trained to perform every kind of surgery, so, even if your go-to dentist is a surgeon, you might be referred to someone else.

We are proud to say that here in Los Algodones our experts are constantly refining their skills through study and practice to provide the best medical attention for you. We are proud to have dental surgeons such as Xochipilli Bojorquez, one of the leading experts in the All-on-4 treatment.

Am I the right candidate for a Dental Implant?

If you are missing a tooth, you have healthy gums, and enough jawbone to support the procedure, then, yes, you are a prime candidate for an implant. If that´s not the case, you might need gum treatment or a bone graft before getting that implant in place. As usual, your medical expert needs to diagnose your current situation to develop a treatment program designed to your needs.

Aftercare

An implant and a replacement tooth is just like any other natural teeth, it requires constant brushing and flossing. Aside from that, one of the great benefits of an implant is that there is no special considerations, you can eat whatever you like, whenever you like, as long as keep a good oral hygiene.