Do you cover up your mouth every time you smile in public, because you have ugly-looking gap between your front teeth? Do you have a missing, broken or chipped tooth and have no idea how to get it fixed? Well, it sounds like you need to have dental implants.
In the past, people with missing or chipped teeth had no other option but to live with the poor dental structure. But things have changed now and you can get the smile that you that you have always dreamed about, thanks to cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry encompassing all dental procedures and surgeries, including white fillings and dental implants, that are not strictly necessary for oral health reasons but to enhance the aesthetic appeal.
Dental implants are one among the most innovative procedures and techniques that has been developed in dentistry field. Often considered as the most predictable and natural form of tooth replacement, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth or bridges that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The need of artificial roots and prosthetic teeth to be implanted depends on your oral health condition that includes the number of teeth missing, quantity and quality of the bone and the type of implant chosen.
For instance, if you are missing a single tooth, your periodontist can replace it with one implant and a crown, while for the several missing teeth implant-supported bridges can be used.
Likewise, if you have no natural teeth in your mouth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can help you regain your smile.
In case of insufficient quantity and quality of jawbone, sinus augmentation, also known as sinus lift or sinus graft, can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone to support the base of an artificial tooth root.
With the latest advances in dental implantation technology and procedures, the procedure has grown in popularity. However, as is the case with any medical or surgical procedure, teeth implants do come with some problems and complications.
So, before deciding on dental implants, you need to consider its pros and cons.
• Implants look, feel and function like your own teeth.
• They help in restoring your self-confidence and youthful appearance.
• Implants give you sparkling, most natural-looking new teeth without affecting adjacent healthy teeth.
• Since they integrate into the structure of your jaw bone, they offer a permanent foundation to prosthetic teeth and dentures that will last a lifetime.
• Often made from titanium, dental implants offer biting force that is most like natural teeth.
• Dental implants do not slip or slide in place while eating and speaking as opposed to bridges and removable dentures.
• They offer freedom from the embarrassing clicking and hissing sounds of dentures and the messy pastes and glues as well.
• Since dental implants require a surgical procedure, complications and risks are inevitable.
• Persistent pain, swelling, and bruising can occur at the implant site.
• An adjacent nerve can damage, which can result in severe pain, numbness or tingling in the teeth or gums.
• There is a possibility of temporary swelling or bruising of your gums and face.
• Although in rare cases, but dental implants may fall off.
• Breakage of the tooth by itself or infections is possible.
• It’s quite common that you go through a period of chronic inflammation of the gum around the implant.
• It is a very time-consuming procedure, requiring several visits to the dental office. You can expect many visits to the dentist for several years, if you develop major complications.
• One of the biggest disadvantages associated with dental implants is that they are very costly and can cost you tens of thousands of dollars to achieve new functioning teeth.
The above mentioned pros and cons of dental implants call for proper knowledge of the procedure. Thus, before going for the dental implants it is prudent to talk to your dental surgeon and gain complete knowledge about the implantation of false teeth.