What are the Benefits to Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide many benefits which can include any of the following:
- Preserve the bone structure after tooth loss
- Maintain the health of the surrounding teeth
- No bridgework is necessary
- Loose-fitting dentures can be replaced
- Distribute the force of the bite evenly throughout the mouth
- They work and feel like similar to natural teeth
- Unlike bulky dentures, dental implants improve the ability to speak
- Prevent bone loss and improve the appearance of the face
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used as a replacement of the tooth’s anchoring roots. The most common types of dental implants are with a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone. This screw serves as a post in which a custom-made tooth attaches to. They mimic teeth as close to nature as possible. Dental implant restorations have three parts:
- Titanium, bone-integrated implant
- Implant abutment
- Implant porcelain crown
What is the Dental Implant Process Like?
The process of dental implant procedures usually works in stages.
- Planning stage: The first, and most important stage, is to plan out the process. A treatment plan created with a careful and intelligent approach will be the difference between success and failure. Often, specialized imaging may be required to visualize the condition of the bone and three-dimensional viewing to make sure the implant is placed properly.
- Implant placement: After the planning is mapped out, the dental implant will be placed in the ideal spot to form the gum tissue around it.
- Healing: After a few weeks from the procedure, the bone around the dental implant will begin to grow and integrate.
- Temporary restoration: If it is necessary to have the dental implant in a highly visible area, temporary restoration may be put in place for aesthetic purposes while the site heals.
Can Anyone get Dental Implants?
Anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants regardless of how old you are. However, it is not advised to receive dental implants during in the early teen years. The best time to place a dental implant is at the time of tooth extraction, or shortly thereafter.