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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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Dental implants (also called endosseous implants) are a component of a technique that replaces the tooth’s root with metal, screw-like posts and install a replica tooth that looks like the original tooth. An implant is a metal post that secures the base of the missing tooth.

Dental implants are made of titanium metal that wires the jawbone and acts as the foundation of the teeth. Implants are used to replace the tooth’s root and look like a screw. The screw is placed in the jawbone, and then a custom crown (or tooth replica) has a connector on it, called abutment. This abutment then fits into the screw that is within the jawbone to secure the custom crown. Dental implants are changing the way of life for individuals who struggle with their missing smile.

Are they right for you?

In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:

• Have one or more missing teeth

• Have a jawbone that's reached full growth

• Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft

• Have healthy oral tissues

• Don't have health conditions that will affect bone healing

• Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures

• Want to improve your speech

• Are willing to commit several months to the process

• Don't smoke tobacco

Risks:

Like any surgery, dental implant surgery poses some health risks. Problems are rare, though, and when they do occur they're usually minor and easily treated. Risks include:

• Infection at the implant site

• Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels

• Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin

• Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities

Please, call Dr. Alina Bergan office at (516)374-2882 for an appointment and additional information on dental implants. 0r go t our website to schedule and appointment: www.alinabergandds.com/appointments/