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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Dental Implants

by Myrtle Banks

When your dental problems lead to missing teeth, opting for implants is a great way to restore your smile. Before you head down this path, there are a few things your dentist will want you to know about what implants are and how they work.

There are different types of implants, with varying success rates

The term dental implant applies to implants that interact with your jaw bone to replace existing teeth, including dentures, crowns, and bridges. Some rest directly on the jaw bone, which are eposteal implants. However, many dentists consider them outdated and so they use endosteal implants, which fuse with the jaw bone for longer lasting results.

Your implants can come in various materials too. For example, ceramic produces a natural look, which many patients prefer to the metal alternatives that are easier to identify against their existing teeth. However, there's also titanium, which allows for oxygen to travel between the implant and the bone with ease, allowing for a smoother healing process. It's also a material that few people develop an allergic reaction to, making it safe.

Your implant's success depends on a process called 'osseointegration'

Should your dentist choose an implant that fuses with the jaw bone, your body will undergo a process called osseointegration. During this process, new layers of bone slowly lay themselves down onto the implant. This allows it to fix into your jaw, making it a stable structure.

It's important to understand that this doesn't always apply to dentures. While implanted dentures do exist, many patients also have removable ones. Prior to your procedure, you and your dentist will discuss which option is best for you. This may depend on your current health conditions, which could prevent successful osseointegration from occurring. 

Your actions play an important role in the implant's success

Once the dentist finishes their work, a lot of how successful the implant process is depends on you. Key actions you can take include:

  • Don't smoke, as this limits the blood flow your healing teeth need.
  • Eat a healthy diet so your body supports the healing process.
  • Reduce swelling with cold compresses.
  • Take some time to rest so your body can do its job.
  • If your dentist recommends it, rinse with warm salt water to gently remove bacteria from the implant area.

Most importantly, you need to follow your dentist's aftercare advice. Opting for dental implants is a big, but positive, step towards great oral health. In addition to making eating easier, it allows you to speak clearly and feel more confident about the way you look. With a thorough consultation, you and your dentist can decide on implant options together.