Finding dental implants can be as easy as asking your dentist about the possibility of getting or needing dental implants; however if you don’t have a dentist then it will be a more difficult process to find dental implants. You can do a quick internet search for a certified dentist who offers dental implants to their patients and from there determine which dentist from the search results list is the best one for your dental implant needs.
Dental implants are a screw-like and tooth root shaped piece of metal, usually titanium, which is placed in an empty tooth socket in the jaw to act as an anchor for permanent tooth or teeth shaped inserts which will take the place of missing teeth in your mouth. Dental implants have been used for centuries and bone growth around false teeth in the remains found by archeologists in South America have shown that in ancient times people would use rudimentary dental implants to take the place of missing teeth. In more modern times titanium was found to have osseointegrating, bone combining, qualities in 1952 and has become the primary material used to make dental implants. This is because titanium will allow the bone to grow so closely to it that the two substances seem to merge, making for a strong enough bond to be able to do almost everything with dental implanted teeth as you can with real teeth.
Dental implants Effingham IL dentists can perform a dental implant as an out patient surgery with anywhere between general anesthesia, putting the patient completely to sleep, or a local anesthesia, which removes pain from just the area being worked on but the patient does not lose consciousness. This can be done in the same office visit as the tooth extraction, or on a separate occasion; either way there will be some drilling involved to ensure that the implant will sit properly into the jaw. Once your bone has grown around the implant you will be fitted with the rest of your bridge or other artificial tooth-like structure and can be confident that with only minor changes to your eating habits that your new teeth will stay healthy for quite some time.
Not everyone will be able to have dental implants because of factors such as bone density, the factors leading up to the initial tooth loss, and others which your dentist will discuss with you during the planning stages of the dental implant procedure. Tests such as x-rays, and possibly CT scans will most likely be preformed so that you can have the best chance of success with your new teeth.
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