A dental implant is to replace the root or roots of your natural teeth surgically. They provide a strong and fixed foundation for the replacement teeth, that are made to match your natural teeth. The roots used in such a procedure is made of titanium alloy, which is biocompatible and are not rejected by the body. These roots secure the crown of the teeth.
How do we know if I need a dental implant? Generally speaking, anyone who has lost any adult teeth needs a dental implant. there are, but, various other factors that will determine whether you are healthy enough to take such a surgery. If you are suffering from diseases like uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, smoking, alchoholism, radiation to the jaws or any gum disease then dental implant may be harmful for you. Consult a dental surgeon and let him every medical history along with every medication that you take. A dental team, then, plans the fabrication of crowns, bridgeworks and dentures to give you a perfect replacement tooth. A number of X-rays, CT scans, etc. and computer imaging gives a proper dental position.
There are several advantages of dental implant.
Firstly, it improves the appearance of the person. A missing tooth may cause many social problems, but, the implanted teeth looks exactly like your natural teeth.
Dental implants improve the way you speak. You will not worry before you speak that your teeth might slip and fall.
It gives you the freedom to eat your favorite foods with confidence.
It improves your oral health. Your natural teeth are not altered in a dental implant, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Thus, it provides a long term good oral health.
With proper care, implanted teeth lasts a lifetime, so, no need to worry about durability.
It also saves you the inconvenience of removing dentures and the usage of messy adhesives to keep removable dentures in proper place.
Bones need stimulation to maintain the form and density. The bones that surround a tooth gets its stimulation from the tooth itself. Thus, when you start loosing teeth one by one, the bone has no function left. So, when you have lost many teeth, the bone starts to melt away (resorp). Dental implant stabilizes the bones and prevent further bone loss. Resorption is inevitable if the bone is no longer connected to the teeth and is no longer supporting it. Only dental implants can stop this process of resorption and prevent bone loss.
Implanted crowns are failsafe systems and are removable and replaceable by your dentist in case of any damage. This can be done without harming the implant or attachment to the bones. A good daily oral hygiene is, but, to be maintained without fail. Proper brushing and flossing to control any bacterial growth is essential. Apart from this, regular check ups are a necessary part of the routine to maintain the oral health in case of implants. There are special instruments that are used to clean the dental implants. They will not damage the metal surface beneath or the gum tissues. Your dentist will monitor the implants to make sure the integrity is stable and the implanted crown, bridgework or dentures are functioning properly.
Ryan B. Baker, DMD
14591 Newport Avenue
Tustin, Ca, 92780