Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, to support a denture or to restore an entire mouth.
The implants are made of titanium. Titanium unlike other metals is not rejected by the body. Titanium is very strong and is biologically inert. To be a candidate for having a dental implant, two criteria must be met. Your gums should be healthy and there must be enough bone to support the implant.
After extraction of a tooth, the supporting bone begins to shrink in the direction of height and width. Even though bone shrinkage has been important, implants may still be an option. In these situations, a periodontist can increase the bone lost by the use of regenerative procedures, so that implants can still be placed.
Take care of the implants
Because the implant integrates with the bone, it can be treated much like a natural tooth, except that it is more delicate and you will have to pay more attention by cleaning it with the brush and dental floss . You have to go slowly and clean all the surfaces of the implant. At least once a day, gently floss your teeth, paying particular attention to the junction of the implant and the gum.
If you have prostheses, have your dentist examine you regularly. As the mouth changes constantly, it will be necessary to adjust the dentures from time to time to make sure they fit properly.
If you have a bridge or implants, the exam will let you know if you are taking good care of your natural teeth. If a problem arises, your dentist can refer you to a dental prosthesis specialist, a prosthodontist.