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What is a Dental Implant?
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In simple terms, a dental implant is a tooth root that is shaped like a cylinder or like a screw. The dental implant is inserted into the jaw bone to replace lost tooth root. The branch of medicine that deals with the study of implants and their implantation is called implantology. The implantologist is the person who performs the implantation procedure in the patient. There are many different kinds of implants and the implantologist will be more aware of the differences and requirements for individual patients. The dental implant is placed in a sterile container from which it is removed without touching, with the help of an insertion rod. Then, it is placed in the desired location in the jaw bone where it is inserted with the help of the insertion post. Once the artificial root has been positioned properly, the insertion rod is removed and only the artificial root remains in the cavity. Dental implant is an artificial root that can be made up of a number of substances such as ceramic, titanium, zirconium and so on. Based on the substance that they are made up of, implants get their name such as titanium implant, ceramic implant and zirconium implant. Some may fear that titanium causes allergies and hence not prefer implants. These materials used in titanium roots have been well tested for biocompatibility and there has been no substantial evidence that they cause allergies. Hence, this is just a false belief and not the reality. Though an implant may be lost due to a number of other reasons such as habits in the patients, poor root treatment, periodontitis in some cases. This is only a rare case and implants do not fail frequently. They can also be replaced with another implant or a conventional denture as preferred by the patient.
Produced: 10/2012
From all the data out there on dental implants, implants actually have a 98% success rate (greater than any other medical procedure) and are designed for a lifetime, unlike a dental bridge. The ADA's data demonstrates that the average lifespan for a dental bridge is actually between 10-11 years. Dental bridges involve compromising adjacent teeth, and do not allow normal, proper hygiene since they impeded normal flossing and tend to trap food and bacteria- since all the teeth in a bridge are fused together. All implant systems are actually not created equal as suggested. That is like saying all cars manufacturers are equal. The top implant systems are indeed similar in R&D and quality control, but be wary of unusually low/discounted dental implant offers. Many replicas and knock-offs manufactured in China, without proper quality control and design are being sold to dentists at a significantly reduced rate. This entices clinicians to use less than adequate materials. What is of...
Posted: 8 years ago
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