Tooth loss can be embarrassing for many people. Most people above the age of 20 have lost at least one permanent tooth to gum disease, accidents, failed root canals, tooth decay, excessive wear and tear, or congenital defects. Fortunately, dental implants provide a remedy to save you from the embarrassment.
Dental implanting is a popular form of cosmetic dentistry that is used to replace missing teeth. The reason for its popularity stems from the fact that it looks and functions like a natural tooth. Dental implants are surgically placed below the gum over a series of appointments. Since this type of dental procedure involves attaching the implants to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial replacement teeth, called dental crowns, it is recommended that those who want dental implants have strong gums and jawbones to support and secure the implant.
The science behind dental implants lie in the connection between the implant and the living bone. However, once an implant is placed, maintaining meticulous oral hygiene is required to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure. If you fail to brush and floss your teeth regularly, and infection could occur. Smoking is also prohibited after this treatment, as it is attributed to high failure rates with dental implants and should be avoided following implant procedures.
If dental implants are properly maintained, through regular brushing, flossing and dental visits, it could last as long as long as 40 years. Therefore it is recommended that you see your dentist at least once every 6 months after your final dental implant procedure.
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