Considering dental implants
Dental implants offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridge
Dental implants as a tooth replacement
Teeth are present in sockets of jaw bone. When tooth is removed, the surrounding bone collapses towards the pocket result in decrease in width and height of bone and wears away over the time. A dental implant is the top choice for a tooth replacement . Like a healthy tooth, it absorbs and transmits forces to the surrounding tissues, thus maintaining bone levels.
Why dental implants are so popular?
Dental implant is one of the greatest inventions in dentistry in recent years. They became popular as they provide natural look and comfortable fit. Long lasting and reliable. High success rate. Especially young aspirants to replace missing natural tooth with implants significantly increased over the years.
How do implants work?
Dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium which is surgically placed into your jaw bone. They aid in placing the artificial crown/ tooth. Implant fuses with the jaw bone, providing stable support for the artificial tooth.
What happens during implant procedure?
Dental implant is usually done in two stages over a few months with healing between stages
Unlike natural tooth, implant material do not undergo corrosion or decay by the action of acid, sugar and bacteria in mouth. Even though being resistant to decay, implants still need to be maintained likewise natural teeth, the reason being they subjected to gum disease and bone loss around the implant if not thoroughly cleaned.
Bridge making, involves adjacent tooth grinding on both sides to act as an abutments/support through which the replaced artificial tooth is connected, acting as a bridge. On contrary, is an implant which functions as an individual support system without damaging adjacent natural tooth structure.
Benefits over the other alternatives
In combination with traditional treatment
Entire surface of traditional dentures rely on underlying gums for their support, thus during the process of chewing pressure is applied more on gums compared to the natural teeth or an implant. This eventually results in marked wear of bone. Unlike denture, implant transfer the pressure applied to the surrounding bone preventing bone resorption and provide a strong foundation for denture. In some cases, the denture will never touch the gums because it is connected to the implant. In many cases, implants are used to anchor partial or complete denture, providing increased strength, retention and stability.
Are dental implants noticeable?
No one can make out you have an implant. That’s the miracle. Implants are made to feel completely natural in the mouth. Dentist matches the color and shape of your other teeth to the implant for the perfect match. Only way to discover the dental implant involves a radiograph to show the metal that replaced the root of the
How do I care for dental implant?
Despite being resistant to cavities, implants still need to be maintained as if they are natural teeth because they are subject to gum disease and bone loss around the implant if not properly cleaned.
How long dental implant last?
Implants can function for long time if you take care properly. They often last long in patients with regular brushing, floss and follow regular dental visits. Dentist can provide guidelines for better care of your teeth based on proper hygiene, genetic history and nutritional habits. Following recommendations properly implant has the best chance to last for lifetime.
How do I know if I am eligible for dental implants?
In general, you are the candidate for dental implants if:
However, most of the patients are eligible for implants considering the pre-existing medical conditions are under control.
You can discuss with your dentist to find out the best plans to undergo the implant procedure