Replacing a missing tooth is very important not just to restore the appearance of your smile but also preserve your oral health in the long run. A gap left in your smile can compromise your other surrounding teeth and gum making them more prone to dental infections and gum diseases. Also, you can have an increased risk of losing your bone as a result of inactivity and cause other teeth to crowd around the gap to fill that space.
Tooth replacement can also aid in proper speaking and chew on a more practical level. That’s why dentists are now using the dental implant technique to replace one or multiple teeth. This technique is more efficient compared to the traditional one. A dental implant replaces the root of the tooth using a titanium post which then fuses to the jawbone creating a stable and strong foundation for the artificial tooth. However, before undergoing this procedure, it’s good to consider certain factors and ask your doctor critical questions before selecting the right surgeon to carry out the implant.
What to Do Before Getting Dental Implants
Below are some of the factors to be considered before undergoing a dental implant:
Dentist Level of Training And Experience
Just like in other medical fields, dentists who do restorative teeth surgery are different. Some will have more skills and experience than others, and that’s why you have to know the number of years the dentist has done this procedure. If possible, they should provide some evidence to prove the success of the procedures they have conducted over the years. This can be through statistical documentation of actual photos of before and after operating on a patient. An excellent dentist practising dental implant should have at least 85-90% success rate and that on the lower spectrum end of his or her practice. Hence necessary to discuss some of the policies involved in the procedure.
Which Technique Is More Suitable
For a complete and successful dental implant to happen, it will depend upon a comprehensive approach to the whole process. Inquire whether the procedure involves a clear look at the treatment area before the implant or not. Dental implants must be placed within the hard and soft tissues hence to be precisely designing the implant in a way that fits perfectly with the artificial teeth of the patient.
The Quality of the Bone
Where a tooth is lost, the bone supporting that tooth (alveolar bone) usually deteriorates due to lack of stimulation and since the implant is fused and placed to the bone directly, having a strong, healthy alveolar bone is significant. In case this bone is highly deteriorated for a long time, it needs to be rebuilt because it cannot support the implant. Hence all the necessary scanning and planning is required for the procedure to take place without any complications.
Whether There Are Any Necessary Extractions
For a dental implant to fit perfectly in the space, some if any, remaining pieces of the tooth or any teeth adjustment has to occur, the tooth may be extracted hence another factor to be considered because this procedure takes place separately with that of the implant.
In case you have gum disease, the dentist may recommend certain treatments before undergoing implantation. This is necessary to avoid any complications during the procedure and hence the need to go through a range of scaling or laser dental surgery to address the disease first.
Time Taken During a Dental Implant
Dental implants are never rushed, but they don’t take too long. They normally take between half an hour to a one-hour maximum.