Losing teeth can affect people in many ways. It can greatly affect the way you look, your self-confidence, overall dental health, and eating habits. However, thanks to the advancements in technology, there are solutions to every dental problem – cavities, tooth decay, injury, tooth loss, etc. If you have missing teeth, there are many options available to replace the missing teeth, including dentures, removable bridges, and dental implants. However, for many people, dental implants have proved to be more beneficial than the other two in terms of stability, durability, and natural-looking. Dental implants have become popular as they provide a secure and strong anchor for artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants eliminate many disadvantages offered by dentures, decrease the amount of bridgework, and improve the patient’s oral functionality and aesthetics.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a replacement for a tooth or tooth roots. When a tooth gets damaged around the root, an implant can help to offer a foundation to build your new tooth on. Dental implants are small titanium screws placed in the jawbone where you have missing teeth. The bone bonds with the titanium post through osseointegration and create a strong foundation for the teeth. The metal anchors provide secure anchors for placing artificial teeth or prosthetics, acting as substitutes for tooth roots.
If you have a missing tooth, it can lead to various oral health consequences, including jaw bone deterioration due to tooth loss, shifting of the teeth, alteration in the bite, difficulty in biting and chewing, and additional stress on the remaining teeth. Replacing the missing tooth with dental implants can help resolve these issues and regain the functionality of the teeth.
Advantages to Dental Implants?
The advantages to dental implants include the following:
Improve your appearance, teeth’s aesthetics and offer comfort
Dental implants are customized to fit the requirements and condition of the patient. This offers maximum comfort and improves the patient’s overall appearance.
They’re highly convenient.
Dental implants are held in place by your jawbone. Hence, unlike dentures, implants are stable and do not need to be removed or do not slip off.
Dental implants are stable, durable, and last longer when taken care of properly.
Dental Implant surgery procedure
The first step of dental implant surgery is the consultation with your dentist, where he will take a detailed look at your condition and comes up with a customized treatment plan. During the procedure, the orthodontist will drill a post into your gum and insert a titanium rod into your jaw bone. The implanted post will be secured by the jaw bone that grows around it. An abutment or a connector is added by the dentist that holds the crown in place. Once it fixes and the area heals, a crown made that matches the color of your adjacent teeth is affixed.
If you are worried about your missing teeth, dental implants are a great way to fix them permanently and improve your smile and overall appearance.
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