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Dental implants are an artificial tooth root. It is implanted in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or a dental bridge. New technology and the use of titanium allow modern implants to not only provide a firm foundation for more attractive visible dental work, but also preserve the integrity of natural bone. This helps prevent further damage that would require intervention. Implants can repair your smile and preserve it for years to come.
Advances in implant dentistry over the last decade have made placing dental implants simpler for dentists. Dental implant surgery no longer requires an operating room and can be done in the relative comfort of your dentist’s office with local anesthesia. Because of these advances, implant dentistry is shifting from being a dental specialty to a mainstream procedure. Most dentists who perform dental implant procedures now use a single, simple unit. Current procedures – the use of titanium, and advances in surface technology – allow for improved osseointegration, a big word that means your natural bone will form structural and functional bonds with your implant. The result is reliable dental implants that acts just as your natural tooth root did, with the same type of bond with your jawbone. A properly installed dental implant will preserve the bone of your jaw instead of damaging it.
While receiving dental implants is a much easier procedure than in the past, and is safe for most people, there are reasons some people should not be considered for implant surgery. If you have a bleeding disorder or uncontrolled diabetes, if you are receiving radiation treatment or intravenous bisphosphonates, you should avoid implant surgery. Be sure to tell your dentist about any health conditions you have, medical treatments you are undergoing, or medications you are taking.
Be honest about any concerns you have about any procedure you are considering or undergoing at Watertown Dentistry. We will always take the time to answer your questions and explain all procedures before and throughout your visits.