Dental Implants Secure Dental Function Restored


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Very early Mayan civilizations practiced forms of dental implants by inserting seas shells into jawbones to replace missing teeth. This procedure was confirmed when mummified remains were unearthed bearing signs of these implants. The modern process still practiced nowadays was first performed in the mid twentieth century and has now been honed to a fine art.

Teeth lost through bad dental hygiene, aging or trauma and injury can radically age a face. The gaps left in a tooth line are unsightly and tend to leave a face looking drawn and haggard. People are inclined to be very self-conscious about these gaps and sometimes become over sensitive about them.

To improve facial features and to ensure that one's oral skeletal structure stability in later life is not undermined people may need to have these gaps filled. There are solutions available that can fix these problems on a permanent basis.

Numerous factors need to be determined at the first consultation such as overall general and oral health, their jawbone height and density. For people who are in good health and have the necessary bone height and healthy gums the success rate for dental implants is well into ninety percent. There are however people who are considered at risk such as diabetics or those who have osteoporosis, people having chemotherapy treatments or who smoke.

There are a number of reasons why people may choose to have implants instead of old fashioned dentures or bridges. Implants are secure and will not move when one is talking or eating and also help to slow jawbone shrinkage that occurs with age. They stand alone and are therefore tooth saving and are not attached to any healthy teeth as with bridges.

The unique property of titanium to bond successfully with living bone has made it a metal of choice for artificial tooth roots. This metal is very rarely rejected by the body. Using specially developed computer programs a dentist is able to precisely plot a proposed inserted root position to cause the least amount of invasive damage to underlying nerves and sinuses. More than one tooth can be attached to an implant and five to six implants could hold a full set of teeth.

The procedure is normally carried out under local anaesthesia. An incision is made in the gum tissue and a small hole drilled into the bone. An artificial root is inserted and the area closed up. A period of time between three to six months is required for the bone and root to meld before its holding post is screwed into its root. Posts are enhanced with zirconium that gives a ceramic crown a luminosity that matches natural teeth in a person's mouth. An impression for the crown is made and when ready is cemented onto its post.

New technology has brought about quicker methods whereby the post and crown are fitted immediately after a root has been inserted into the jawbone. The dentist will assist their patient in determining which dental implants Toronto procedure would best suit their needs and pocket.

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