Dental implants are false teeth that are permanently fixed in the mouth. They are typically placed in the bone of the jaw and permitted to heal in place. After a while, the bone and implant should be strong enough to handle a prosthetic tooth affixed to the end of the post. Most implants are made from titanium because it is one of the few metals that the body tolerates well.
The first thing your dentist will do is examine your mouth to see if you have enough bone material to support dental implants. The implant is placed into the bone in a very specific place to increase the chances of your body accepting the metal as its own. In order to place the implant in the bone, it is necessary to cut through the gum tissue. The gum tissue will usually be sewn up either over or around the implant after it is placed into the bone. The bone is then permitted to heal for a period of months until it is strong enough to support prosthetics.
While any dentist can perform the procedure, it is best to find a dentist who has specific experience with dental implants. Check with your general practice dentist first to find out the cost of dental implants. Often, general practice dentals can offer you more affordable dental implants, so this may be your best options if funds are tight and your insurance does not cover the surgery.
There are certain high-risk groups of people who should not have dental implants. Patients who have uncontrolled diabetes or certain severe psychological illnesses may not be good candidates for dental implants. Other patients with severe medical conditions should avoid any type of surgery due to the risk involved with anesthesia. In some cases, mini dental implants can be placed in these high-risk patients without the use of general anesthetics.
A large loss of supporting bone material may also make you a poor candidate for dental implants. In some cases, bone grafts can be used to replace the missing bone and allow the patient to have dental implants. Always check with your dentist to find out if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants or mini dental implants. Sometimes there are other dental treatments that may be performed first that will make it possible for you to get dental implants at a later point in time.