All you need to know about dental implants

This guide provides an overview of dental implants, why are they important for your health, as well as information on the implant procedure itself.
Importantly, this overview also provides guidance to the type of dental practitioner you should seek in order to perform this procedure, as well as questions you may want to ask them so you can rest assured that you are in capable hands that will enable you to enjoy a healthy and happy smile for years to come.

What is a dental implant?

Tooth loss is due to a wide range of factors including, but not limited to hereditary conditions, injury, or age-related tooth loss; but the two overriding reasons in adults are periodontal disease and tooth decay.
According to the CDC, about 2 in 3 adults aged 65 years or older have gum disease and 1 in 5 have untreated tooth decay. As a result, about 34% of adults in the U.S. are missing one or more teeth.
Tooth loss has far-reaching implications, as we will expand on further. These include a decline in the ability to chew properly, leading to a poorer diet, impediment to speech, and a diminished physical appearance that can have negative psychological and social implications.
Recent research has also found a link between tooth loss and cognitive impairment, as well as chronic medical conditions, although the connection is still under investigation.

Choosing Your Implantologist

Dental implants have come a long way and so have Implant procedures, yet it is still a process that may take weeks to months to complete and has important health as well as economic implications. It is therefore vital that you feel completely confident in the doctor you choose.
It is also important that you have good rapport with your implant dentist. You should feel comfortable asking questions, and your doctor should be forthcoming, welcome questions, and encourage communication.
It is also important to ascertain that your implant dentist uses the best implants and materials that will achieve the best results and last for a long time. As a rule, the most common implant material is titanium, which as we mentioned before is a highly biocompatible material.
Noris Medical makes a wide range of innovative titanium dental implants and restorative components to help the dentist provide you with an implant supported restoration for a long time.

What is the recovery process and the restorative procedure after the placement of dental implants

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Instructions for the first 24 hours

  • No smoking. Smoking can contaminate a bone graft and impede healing in general
  • No spitting
  • Avoid eating in the area , especially foods that are hard or hot. Cold and / or soft foods are ok, such as ice cream, yogurt .
  • No rigorous physical activity
  • Please follow any additional specific instructions given to you by the doctor

FAQ

Candidates for dental implants should be at an age when most of the physical growth is complete, usually at the age of 18. After this age, candidacy depends on specific clinical and medical condition.

Each case needs to be examined thoroughly by the doctor, who will plan the individual treatment accordingly. Recent medical developments have enabled the majority of patients to benefit from treatment. In cases of bone deficiencies, complementary surgery techniques are available. Noris Medical is continually developing new solutions that enable dental professionals to provide these solutions to a wider range of patients.

A large number of implant procedures are relatively simple and most dental clinics are able to conduct them. it is, however, important to note that there are more complex implant procedures and special medical conditions that require treatment by a dental implantologist with advanced training.

המועמדים להשתלת שיניים צריכים להיות בגיל שבו הגדילה הפיזית הסתיימה ברובה, בדרך כלל בני 18 לפחות. לאחר גיל זה המועמדות תלויה במצב קליני ורפואי של כל מועמד.

Implants have proven themselves as extremely long-term solutions. It is important to note that just like your natural teeth, so do implants require regular and thorough maintenance of oral health in order to extend the life of the implant.

A routine implant surgery process is within the period of normal dental treatment. In cases of more complex processes involving several locations, the duration may be longer and require several visits. Implants that require prior bone grafting take a few months to complete, in order to allow the bone graft to assimilate into the jawbone prior to the implant procedure.

This depends on one’s specific case and the treatment plan. In some cases, the doctor will place a temporary crown at the end of the treatment. In other cases, the patient is required to wait a few months for osseointegration to occur. This is an important process, whereby the jawbone grows around the implant, stabilizing it and in effect ‘accepting’ it as a tooth root.

The implant placement procedure is a routine process, and according to patients, the discomfort is less than that of a tooth extraction.

In most cases, the patient can get back to daily activity the next day after the procedure, unless otherwise instructed by the dentist.

Implants show a high percentage of long-term success with almost no need for complicated maintenance, providing the patient with higher level of convenience compared to other dental modalities like bridges or removable dentures.

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