The Wild Wonders of Dental Implants

If you are like many West Virginians, you are appalled by MTV’s new show, “Buckwild.” We all know the false and ridiculous stereotype of West Virginians as a bunch of mountain hillbillies. But if you have missing teeth, you might feel a bit like one. Fortunately, with dental implants in Charleston, WV, you can fill those gaps in your teeth with permanent false ones that will look every bit as natural as your originals.

Before receiving dental implants in Charleston, WV, your dentist will carefully observe the shape and structure of your jaw bone and sinus placement. Often he will use a CT scan to get an accurate idea, and sometimes he will employ a CAD/CAM program to get a three-dimensional image. The primary component of a dental implant is a titanium screw that resembles a tooth root in shape and structure. These roosts come in five grades of titanium, which are determined by the amount of iron and carbon in each one.  Because these roots are actually implanted into the bone, the dentist will need to make sure there is enough bone in the right areas. In some cases, he may recommend doing bone grafts to build up structure.

Once your dentist has determined that everything is alright to go ahead with the procedure, he will schedule a second appointment. At this a time, he will make a small hole in the gum, either using a hand-held osteotome or a small drill. He will then place the new root in this hole. Sometimes the titanium will have been etched, sandblasted, plasma sprayed, or anodized to create extra surface area on the new root and speed the process of osseointegration, in which the bone grows firmly around the titanium root. Osseointegration can take quite some time, so dentists usually wait two to six months before scheduling the next step of the process. At your next appointment, your dentist will place the new prosthetic tooth on the titanium implant.

Dental implants are highly successful, with a reported success rate of up to 98%. Though there is some pain involved in the procedure, it can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Dental implants in Charleston, WV can prevent future periodontal disease, improve chewing and speaking, and, of course, vastly enhance your appearance.

Don’t let “Buckwild” and MTV get you down. After your dental implants, you can give a confident smile and laugh at the absurdity the next time someone insults your beloved wild and wonderful state.

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