Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.
During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Implants have had excellent success rates and a range of available options giving dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces a missing tooth’s root. After a while, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.
Since the titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone, the implants won’t slip, make noise, or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. This is an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges, as well as individual crowns placed over implants, feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
Dental implants play an essential role in restorative dentistry. Since they are permanent prosthetics that are both natural-looking and cosmetically appealing, implants can be used either for cosmetic purposes or for complete full-mouth restorations.
Your dentist can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.
Taking care of dental implants is as easy as taking care of natural teeth. Regular maintenance check-ups and maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine are an important part of dental implant care.
Just like with natural teeth, it is common for implants to develop plaque. If the plaque is not treated on time, it could cause bleeding gums, gum disease, pain, and soreness. To avoid this, practice proper dental care. Floss daily, brush your teeth after every mean, mind your diet, avoid acidic drinks, etc.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved Appearance/Improved Self-esteem
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. They all fill in the toothless gaps and provide you with the alignment needed to make your smile better.
- Improved Speech
Compared to dentures, dental implants do not slip. Therefore, you can speak confidently without mumbling or slurring your words.
- Improved Comfort
Since dental implants are permanently fitted in your mouth, they eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier Eating
Dental implants function like your teeth. You can eat your favorite foods without discomfort or pain.
- Improved Oral Health
Fixing dental implants does not require altering the nearby teeth as a tooth-supported bridge does. This ensures long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care and maintenance, many implants last a lifetime.
Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.