Dental implants are considered the best teeth replacements, offering more benefits than traditional bridges and dentures. Because they are constructed very much like real teeth, dental implants can restore a person’s oral digestive functions more than other teeth replacements can. They can also help keep the gums intact and preserve the wearer’s facial structure.
A better understanding of the procedure can help you in making the decision to get dental implants in Philadelphia. A Yahoo! Voices article describes the process in detail.
A few weeks before the implant procedure, you may be asked to go through certain medical exams to make sure you are fit for the procedure. The dentist might also prescribe antibiotics and other medications if needed.
A dental implant serves as a screw to which an artificial crown will eventually be attached. The dentist will first bore a hole on the gums, where the screw will be implanted.
A patient needs sufficient jawbones that would host the implant, and those who do not meet this condition may have to go through bone grafting. The grafting procedure may be done at the same time as the implant to save on the costs of anesthetics and the facilities. Once the implant has osseointegrated with the jawbones (typically after six months), the crown may be fitted, then permanently attached to the implant.
The healing process for dental implants takes place during the months after the root is put in place. An aftercare program that may include taking antibiotics, as well as hygiene and care instructions, will be provided. While the gum is still healing, hard solid foods may have to be avoided.
Newer variations of dental implants, such as mini-implants, are completed at a much shorter time and at lower costs. However, these are appropriate only for smaller teeth, such as those found at the center of the gums. Molars will need the strength of the thicker and bigger traditional implants. To find out which type of implant would be right for you, consult with a reputable Philadelphia dental implant practitioner, such as Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD.
(Source: What to Expect Before, During, and After Dental Implant Surgery, Yahoo! Voices, 9 May, 2011)