Implants: Your New "Teeth"

Looking at pictures of the new smile offered by implants can make you excited. Your missing teeth no longer have to make you feel awkward in public, and the implantation procedure is done in a single day. Just give yourself a deeper implant understanding with these details.

Waiting is Possibly Vital

Eagerness for white, pretty teeth may lead to impatience, especially when you discover no dentist or surgeon will do an implantation for you. This is usually because your mouth isn't healthy enough for the procedure; you're likely a smoker, someone with gingivitis or periodontal disease or someone with bones that are not dense enough. 

Implants are counterindicated for gum disease because the disease involves bacteria, which can surround the new implants and result in a painful condition. Low bone density means your jaw could crack or suffer other damage from the pressure of implantation screws. Tar and other elements of cigarettes and smoking create poor recovery conditions for healing implants.

Luckily, your circumstances can change. Once you know the issues preventing the procedure, you can adjust your actions to get healthier. Vitamin D supplements, regular deep gum cleanings, and quitting smoking will turn you into a healthier person and someone who can have a brighter smile by finally scheduling an implant procedure.

There are Two Types of Implant Crowns

The titanium implant themselves will be screwed in, but your dentist or surgeon will carefully decide about whether to use cement crowns or screw crowns for your mouth. Cement is generally used when the gum surface isn't aligned well, and other crowns would stick out in a disjointed, uneven way. Cement can give you the appearance of straight teeth. 

However, if you do get cement crowns, ask for water-based gel to sit beneath the cement being used or that temporary cement be used. That's because permanent cement makes implants difficult to remove if there's trouble. Leftover cement ending up below or on the gum surface is also a problem that can cause chronic gum inflammation.

Screw crowns are preferred in some cases because it allows crowns to be taken out so the area can be deeply cleaned. There is no problem with removing them.

Your surgeon or dentist is going to discuss many options and details with you. Your responsibility is to ask questions and be mindful of the implant information given so you can ultimately receive and care for your "new teeth." For more information on implant crowns, contact your local dentist.