A few decades ago, dentures were the only viable solution to fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. But then, they come with their own problems. There’s discomfort caused by ill-fitting dentures. It takes a while for your mouth to get used to wearing them. What’s worse is that if you suffer receding gum lines, you might not even be able to use dentures.
Dental implants make up for the problems associated with using dentures just as they fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. Although on pricier end of the scale, it is a safe, effective and long-lasting solution. This article gives you everything you need to know about dental implants.
The fitting of dental implants is an invasive procedure. It involves fusing an artificial tooth into the jawbone. It has medical-grade titanium fixtures (screws, blades or cylinders) at the bottom of the structure by means of which it is fitted into the jawbone. People with good oral health, healthy gums and adequate bone structure are the best candidates for this dental treatment procedure. The type fitted with screws and cylinders is called an Endosteal implant. There is another type called Subperiosteal. In this type, the artificial tooth is positioned on top of the jaw and is supported by metal framework that comes through the jaw. It is an ideal option for individuals who do not have enough bone height to have the fixture fused into the jawbone by means of screws.
The advantages of opting for dental implants are many. Firstly, it is a permanent solution. Crowns and veneers might need replacement or at least checking after a period of 15 years as they tend to wear out. However, this is not the case with an implant; they last a lifetime. Second, it is hard to tell the artificially fitted tooth from your natural teeth when it’s fitted well. They are custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Third, they do not affect the health of the adjacent teeth. Often, in other procedures that involve polishing and abrasions, the adjacent teeth are also affected due to enamel loss. This does not happen when working with a dental implant. They prevent bone loss where a tooth is missing, improve the facial structure and require the least periodic adjustments. It also does not cause any discomfort. Many candidates for this treatment claim that they tend to forget they have an artificial tooth fitted there.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. The number you can go for generally depends on the health of your gums and the available bone structure to support it. The procedure takes a few months to complete and several sittings. Age is not usually a factor when it comes to fitting dental implants; men and women of all ages can opt for it. The main factors that determine success is where you get it done and by whom. It is important to work with a trained and experienced implant specialist for the best results.