Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth generally used to support the crowns, dentures or bridges that are used to restore spans of teeth. An implant is typically made of titanium, which is one of the most corrosion resistant metals. The titanium implant is then surgically fixed inside the jaw bone. Once the implants are biologically accepted by your body, the root-like device is then used to attach dental restoration devices that can aesthetically replicate a single tooth of a group of missing teeth.
DENTAL IMPLANTS are an artificial object that simulates a tooth root and is placed surgically into the jaw bone and serves as an anchor or foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth.
Losing one or more teeth in the mouth leads to an inability to chew properly and a gap in your smile and also leads to bone loss. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants restores that confidence in your smile and ability to chew and enjoy any food you like. The best part is you can achieve this without compromising adjacent healthy teeth.
Why do we need Dental Implants?
The dental implant is the closest & best way of replacing the tooth that was lost. Any other way of replacing the tooth will definitely compromise adjacent teeth or bone or gum condition etc over a period.
Removable teeth (Removable Partial Dentures) used to replace missing teeth is not a fixed option and over the time bone loss happens in such a way that fixed options like implant will be difficult to do at the later date unless aggressive bone grafting surgical procedures done.
Although, the bridge is a fixed option it compromises adjacent teeth by grinding it into small shape to hold the bridge. The extra load of the bridge adds extra forces on grinding teeth and even they become loose over few years which has to be removed over a period of 6-10 years.
There are several advantages of dental implants:
- Dental implants function and look just like original teeth
- The c andidate experiences no complications while chewing or eating with dental implants
- The structure of the bone present beneath the tooth is well-maintained without damage and the natural process of bone renewal is stimulated
- A good appearance of restored teeth and face is preserved
- There is no need to use special glues to hold teeth in place, like in the case of dentures
- Even the removable dentures are firmly fixed with dental implants
- Adjacent teeth are not compromised (ground) to act as a support for missing teeth and do not need root fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you don’t look after your dental implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your dental implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.