How many times have we lamented over a chipped tooth or spent sleepless nights over a painful lose tooth? Thanks to the advancement in the field of dental science, we needn’t endure this situation for long. ‘Dental implant’ is one such revolution which has made it possible to replace missing teeth or lose dentures. Though they’re more expensive than a tooth removal, they’re aesthetically better and are more beneficial to oral health. It is definitely a much better alternative than dentures or bridgework.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are titanium posts that are fixed into the jawbone. The dentist will then fix the replacement tooth over it, essentially holding the tooth in its place and making it impossible to move while eating or speaking. This feels more natural than dentures and unlike dental bridgework, this process doesn’t need the support of surrounding natural teeth.
How does dental implant work?
The most important factor to take into consideration before having dental implants is healthy gums and adequate bone support. Once your dentist has verified this, an oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum and fix titanium screws in the jawbone. Once the jawbone heals and grows around the metal post (takes about 6 to 12 weeks), the replacement tooth (crown), which is curated with the help of a mold, is fixed into it and one is set with a perfect smile for a lifetime. However, one must commit to maintain oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to maintain longevity of the implant.
Pros of dental implants:
- Speech improvement
- More comfortable than dentures
- Aesthetically more appealing
- Easier to eat
Cons of dental implants:
- More expensive than other methods
- Prone to minor surgical complications.
- Requires commitment for maintenance.
However, these cons are very minor when compared to the overall benefits of having dental implants and the success of longevity of these implants is 98%. The procedure is also less painful than having a tooth extraction. Mild soreness post the procedure can be cured with over the counter medication. Visit your dentist regularly post this procedure for maintaining that close –up smile.
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