What are dental implants and who needs them?

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Dental implants are devices that replace a missing tooth. They are placed in or onto your jawbone and serve as artificial tooth roots. The implant is also attached to a prosthetic tooth, called a crown. A dental implant is intended to become a permanent fixture in your teeth. Studies have shown that dental implants are a safe procedure, and the success rate is 90 to 95 percent over ten years. Dental implants can fail within a few months or years after their placement, and it can happen due to various factors.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Implants are often the best option for missing or damaged teeth. Implant technology could be a good option if you are unhappy with your bridge, partial denture, or dentures.

Patients with low bone density or other health issues were not eligible for implants in the past. Morden technologies make Implants possible for a lot of patients thanks to advances in diagnosis and bone reconstruction.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

Dental Implants are very beneficial in a lot of ways. Here we mention some benefits of a dental implant, so it is easy to choose. 

Prevent Bone Loss:

The lack of stimulation can make the jaw bone in the space weaker if there is no tooth. The bone area that has lost a tooth within the first year loses 25%, and this bone loss will continue over the years.

Dentures can also accelerate bone loss because they can become loose and rub against the bony edge, eventually wearing it down. Implants replace the root and the tooth, and the chew is restored to its normal state, which stimulates bone growth.

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Behave Like Natural Teeth:

Implants have the most significant advantage of restoring full chewing power. Patients can’t tell the differences between their implant tooth and their natural teeth. They can usually eat and brush with it, floss, and clean their teeth.

Last a Lifetime:

Dental implants can last for a lifetime, whereas a dental bridge might only last ten years. The titanium implant integrates with the jawbone and is made of this material. It is bio-compatible, which means it is non-toxic and will not be rejected by the body, and it is a strong replacement tooth.

Prevent Facial Sagging and Premature Aging:

A missing tooth can cause facial sagging. The lower third of your face begins to fall, closing the space between the tip and the chin. These changes can lead to excess wrinkles around your mouth, thinner lips, and a pointed chin that makes you look older than your actual age.

Keep Adjacent Teeth Stable:

A gap caused by a missing tooth may cause adjacent teeth to shift crookedly towards the opening. This can cause your bite to move and affect your ability and appearance. This can lead to tooth replacement difficulties later on because of interference. Poor bites can cause problems with the TMJ (temporomandibular joints), leading to pain and headaches.

What Is Dental Implant Procedure?

A dental implant is typically done in stages over several months. There are minor operations and tests.

  • To give the dentist a clear picture of the location of the implant, scans and x-rays will be taken.
  • In a small operation, the dental implant is placed into your jawbone, and an anesthetic will be administered to you so that you do not feel any pain during surgery.
  • Within a few months, the bone will grow around the dental implant.
  • Once the implant has been completed, the dentist will prepare the foundation for the new or replacement tooth.
  • The dentist will then take a mold of your mouth to create the artificial tooth.
  • The artificial tooth or teeth can be screwed into the foundation.

It is a slow process that may require several visits to the dentist and x-rays and scans.