Sometimes we have a common question about the basics and understanding of what dental implant restoration is. Of course, most people nowadays know what dental implants are but when the word ‘restoration’ gets thrown in, it can sound like something completely different.
Today, we are going to give a brief overview of what dental implant restoration is and how it can help with different dental and oral health issues. After reading this article, a person should understand the basics of the procedure and know what to expect if their dentist has recommended it for them to have done.
Dental implant restoration refers to when a patient has teeth that are missing or simply cannot support and retain a dental prosthesis. These would include devices such as crowns or dentures. However, in these cases, the typical scenario that will help someone gain back a good looking smile is through the use of dental implants.
Because of how they are used and fastened in someone’s mouth, implants can be a great solution to a number of oral health problems.
One of the first steps that it takes to restore a dental implant is the planning stage, and that is mandatory. This planning process may be easy or it may take a bit more time, and it will depend on the severity of tooth loss that the person is dealing with. Also, how long the tooth has been missing will be a factor that plays into the decisions a dentist will make.
Typically the best thing that a dentist can do is to use a 3D radiograph that will be able to confirm the presence of the jawbone and this will help determine whether or not it will be enough to support the dentures. Once this has been confirmed, the dentist will be able to determine what the next steps are.
Of course, normal wear and tear will occur no matter what. Because these devices are used just like normal teeth, after some time, they may need to be replaced but this is typically at least 10 years down the road.
Typically, these replacement times will depend on the biting force that the patient has, along with habits such as bruxism at night or if proper devices are used to avoid this issue.
The best way for someone to ensure that their dental implant lasts the longest possible time is to have open communication with their dentist. This includes having twice per-year cleanings and checkups which will give the dentist a chance to look and see how everything is working.
Doing this will ensure that implants are maintained and kept in good shape, thus allowing for a lifetime of wear. If you have more questions, feel free to give our office a call. We are always ready to answer any questions about dental implant restoration and what it can do for you!