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Dental implants help to replace missing or broken teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth. They're also ideal when dentures do not fit properly or are difficult to adjust. But unlike other procedure, this is a complex procedure and often done over a period of several months. A dental implant refers to an artificial tooth root that's placed on the jaw and intended to replace the natural tooth.
Dental Implant Process
The process begins when we conduct a series of tests including x-rays, gum analysis, and even a CAT scan of the jaw. The next step is to insert the implant into the jawbone using a screw. The gums are stitched and the implant is allowed to heal. This takes about 4 to 6 months- until then, a temporary crown is placed to allow the patient continue with his normal activities. The final stage of the process is place the new tooth on the implant.
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes irreversibly injured or infected. Root canal therapy is the removal of the entire pulp throughout the root canal system, cleaning and shaping of the canal system and fills the canals with a polyester synthetic root canal filling and a dental sealer.
If a tooth has been broken or weakened by a lot of decay or a large filling, a crown can be fitted. It is also known as 'cap' and is specially designed to fit over a tooth so that it appears like a natural tooth. To create crowns different materials are used including metals, ceramics and porcelains. It will last for many years, depending on the health of the tooth underneath.
Teeth that have been broken by cracks, flaws or that are uneven in length can be fixed with the application of veneers. Veneers are thin permanent pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Here are some details about the procedure:
Porcelain veneers are strong. It is made up of glass and can break if any external strong forces are applied. It is better to avoid chewing ice, hard nuts, candy apples, popcorn kernels etc. It is also good to avoid hot and cold foods for the first few days until the veneers settle.