Implants are artificial tooth roots placed into your jawbone to mount teeth onto them. Unlike dentures, implants are not removable, and thus more comfortable because the patient can use them as well as the original tooth. Bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. However, implants do not need any adjacent teeth to hold new replacement teeth in place.
Adequate jawbone to support
The jawbone must be at least more than 1-1.5 cm in height and thickness. Also, bone must have adequate density.
Meticulous oral hygiene is absolutely crucial. You must brush the teeth regularly. Since implants penetrate the gum, inflammation tends to occur in the part that contacts the gum. Moreover, since it is connected with the bone, inflammation could easily spread to the bone. Once inflammation occurs around an implant, the life of an implant becomes short.
It is important to have a consultation to determine about your dental condition prior to the implant procedure. Examining your bite and jawbone, we will determine how many, and how large, the replacement teeth need to be.
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An implant involves a surgical procedure. A general dentist extracts teeth on a regular basis, but the implant procedure is more complicated than simple tooth extraction. It is better to consult an implant specialist or an oral surgeon.
Photograph 1 shows two successful implant procedures. We normally wait for three to four months until the jawbone has firmly healed around the implants. The implant surgery is performed by the chief oral surgeon at Senpo Takanawa Hospital.
Photograph 2 shows two teeth attached to the implants. Replacing other crowns, we could create the best possible bite for the patient.