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Dental Implants: The Closest You Can Get To Natural Teeth

written by Guest Blogger July 24, 2014

Do you or someone you know have or need dentures? If so, check out today’s post for another option!

Let us be honest. Dentures are not for everyone, not because they are uncomfortable, but rather because many people want false teeth that they do not have to put in a glass of water at night. Many edentulous individuals, whether completely or partially toothless, dream of brushing their teeth the way they used to, without having to take them out and handle them with their hands. Luckily, with great advancements in dental technology, this is now possible.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest you can get to your original dentition. This type of prosthetic does not just come with a crown that looks like a real tooth, but with a root as well. Titanium posts are used to anchor the “tooth” to your alveolar ridge. Therefore, these teeth stay in place and allow you to chew on tough yet juicy steaks, eat corn from the cob and enjoy crunchy apples and carrots without having to worry about your denture slipping out.

Why Titanium?

If you look through many dental implant forums, you will notice that most people wonder why titanium is used as posts, instead of any other metal. This is because countless studies show that there is little to no chance of tissue rejection when titanium is used. The titanium fuses to the bone once the area is healed. This process is called osseointegration, and it is defined as the functional and structural connection between the surface of an artificial implant and living bone tissue. So far, titanium is preferred because it meshes best with alveolar bone.

The Procedure

Once the dental specialist declares you a likely candidate for this procedure, he or she will tell you that getting implants is just like having your real teeth back. You have to improve your oral hygiene and learn to treat your implants like regular teeth.

The procedure requires your dentist to attach the titanium screw post to your alveolar bone using a low-speed drill. The patient is injected with an anesthetic solution beforehand to prevent him or her from feeling discomfort. Once the post is situated properly, it will take two to four months for it to heal. When the area is healed, the tooth restoration can be put in place.

Dental implants provide partially and completely toothless individuals with a second chance at having their teeth back. There is no need to take your dentures out. You can wake up in the morning without having to worry about denture adhesive. Dental implants will allow you to laugh in public without having to worry about your “teeth” slipping and most importantly; you will be able to enjoy the food you had to give up eating.

However, please note that your dentist has to review your dental and medical history to make sure that you are a likely candidate for this procedure. Some individuals have to settle for dentures because they have certain conditions that can cause tissue rejection, while other have to make important lifestyle changes to become a good candidate for this procedure.

If you want to find out if dental implants can replace your dentures, contact your local dentist.

About the Author

Scott Laudon writes and works for Alcan Dental Group, a dentist in Anchorage, who can help those in Alaska with for dental implants as he has over 20 years of experience in this field.

Would you be willing to go through this procedure, and also a lifestyle change, to have “real” teeth back?

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