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Dental Implants

Miss Your Missing Teeth?

If you are suffering from gum problems, chances are you will lose those pearly whites, either to the tooth fairy or to your dentist. However, getting back those grinders back to work is no fairy tale. Technology has offered new and effective ways of replacing those missing teeth back in the bone socket of your gum; thus, the advent of dental implants came about in the form of permanent or removable tooth root replacement.

The first question that usually pops into your mind would be, “what are the risks involved?” Sometimes, if not always, we feel a bit anxious whenever we hear the term surgery, transplant, and other medical treatments. The fear of the unknown may frazzle your nerves and make you doubtful and iffy. A dental implant is not a chance taken, but rather an opportunity to help restore your teeth.

Approximately, the success rate including the risk of the operation range from 92 to 98 percent, far better than Lebron James shooting average from the floor. In case the implant does not work, you can always ask the experts for help. Very often, professional and highly trained dentists can fix the problem with great success.

Although the method dates back during the Mayan civilization by performing taboo and painful practices – modern procedures and equipment causes very little discomfort to patients. Compared to other medical procedures, dental implant is the least uncomfortable. In the 1950’s, orthopedic surgeons found out that bones grow in close proximity with titanium. Thus, in the following years, many experts used the metal in dentistry; following the successful breakthrough procedure performed by Dr. Leonard Linkow in 1952 – the first dental implant performed.

The process usually involves local anesthesia before the surgery – it may take several stages depending on the patient’s case. Once done, the periodontist may provide analgesics to help ease any discomfort afterwards. Medical practitioners should and must be able to perform the surgery with great care and caution in order not to damage any soft tissues that may lead to unpleasantness and swelling. This is the reason why you should look for trusted doctors in the field who can treat your best and professionally help you with utmost comfort.

When does the surgery heal? In many cases, dental practitioners allow the implant to heal for several months; usually it will take 2-3 months depending on the advice of your periodontist. However, the healing time process is still under debate. Some studies say that early loading of implant does not cause serious or long-term complications. Great dentists know what to do, every case usually varies from one person to another but the ideal step is to get an early dental check-up before deciding to go through the surgery.

In addition, you have to educate yourself first. Browse various websites online and look for trusted and experienced doctors, so you won’t miss your missing teeth any longer.


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