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  Dr Minh Nguyen
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Placing the dental implant into the jaw bone-phase1
Placing the dental implant
Uncovering the implant - phase 2
Uncovering the implant
A bridge is placed on two dental implant abutment
Bridge restoration on two implants

A Two-Unit Bridge Implant

If you prefer not to have a partial denture or bridge attached to adjacent teeth, you might consider an implant, which is a metal cylinder surgically inserted into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. A two-unit or three-unit bridge may be attached to the two implants.

Restoring the mouth with implants and a dental bridge is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They're left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.

For the surgical placement of the implant, you'll be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed.

An incision is made in the gums, and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.

The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line.

Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. Your dentist then begins a series of appointments to create your new teeth.

From the impressions, your dentist will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the bridge.

The ultimate success of the implants depends on the care you provide at home, and the support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings. An additional benefit: Implants may stop or slow down the bone loss that occurs once teeth have been lost.

Implants today are user- and patient-friendly. However, you still need to be sure that the dentist—or team of dentists—that you choose to place your implants has a good deal of experience and expertise in the procedure.

In many cases, one dentist places the implant and another makes and fits the replacement tooth. Both general dentists and specialists—oral and maxillofacial surgeons, prosthodontists or periodontists—can perform the procedure. But implant dentistry in itself is not an ADA-recognized specialty, so there is no uniform method for verifying a dentist's training and experience. It's up to you to screen any dental professionals you are considering.

Even if you're the most patient person in the world, implants won't work for you if you aren't in good general health. You also have to have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaws to support the implants, and you must be willing to be meticulous about regular dental visits and your dental hygiene. Implants also aren't advised if you suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes, as this can interfere with healing. And if you're a smoker, you're not a good candidate for implants; smokers are at greater risk for gum disease than non-smokers, and gum disease weakens the gum and bone tissue needed to support implants.

If you're interested in implants to replace a missing or lost tooth, your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if your health and lifestyle are conducive to this type of restoration.

You may also be interested in:

Edentulous jaw implants for denture
Single-unit dental implant
Dental Bridges
Upper and lower complete dentures
Upper and lower partial dentures
Intravenous sedation
Tori reduction

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