Two Questions And Answers Concerning Dental Implants

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There are many dental conditions that can result in the loss of many of your teeth. Unfortunately, this is far from being only a cosmetic problem because missing teeth can also create severe structural and functional problems for the mouth.

While dental implants have become one of the most preferred options to treat missing teeth, many patients do not fully understand the procedure. This can cause them to misunderstand what to expect from this prosthetic. By learning the answers to two of the more commonly asked questions, you will be better able to decide whether this is a good option for your dental needs. 

How Long Until Your New Tooth Can Be Installed?

One of the first things that patients may be shocked to learn about these procedures is the length of time needed for it to be completed. It can often take several months for the implant to fully bond to the jaw. During this time, the tooth cannot be installed. 

Sadly, some people automatically assume this means they will be without a beautiful smile until the artificial tooth can be completely installed. Luckily, this is actually far from the case. There are temporary crowns that can be used until the implant has healed enough for the crown to be installed. 

What Happens If The Implant Becomes Loose?

Whether it is from an accident or fight, it is possible for a strong impact to loosen the implant from the jaw. When this happens, the artificial tooth will wiggle in place, and it may eventually fall out. Sadly, some patients may assume that there is nothing to be done for this problem until the implant completely falls out, but waiting this long can cause further problems to develop. 

If you notice that your implant has come loose, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. It may be possible to repair the implant without having to completely reinstall a new one, but this is only possible if it is not too loose. By visiting a professional as soon as you notice this problem, you may be able to have the problem corrected before it results in further complications. 

Dental implants are one of the most effective options for repairing the damage caused by a missing tooth. Yet, there is a chance that you may not fully understand the steps involved in this procedure. Learning the answers behind these two common questions will make it possible for you to make informed choices when it comes to this type of dental prosthetic. 


9 February 2015

Help Others Make Health Decisions when They Cannot

One day I was playing a game of basketball with a friend, and the friend I was playing ball with tripped and took a hard fall to the ground. He hit his head hard, but he insisted he was okay and just wanted to go home and take a nap. I knew in my heart that he was not thinking clearly, and I didn't feel right letting him go home. I talked him into letting me take him to the hospital, and after some tests, it was determined he had a bad concussion. The doctors told me that if I had let him go home and sleep, things could have taken a turn for the worse. I created this blog to remind everyone to look out for each other after injuries. Not everyone thinks clearly after a head injury, and just being a good friend could save a life.