Dental Implants: Advantages, Procedures, Solutions, Risks and Aftercare
Is an empty space of a missing tooth preventing your smile from looking its best?
You find it hard to chew?
Do you feel insecure about yourself?
If so, there are ways to replace missing teeth, restore lost functionality and improve the beauty of your smile. Today, the optimum replacement method backed by decades of research is the dental implant. Basically, it’s a little titanium replacement of the root of the tooth that fuses with the bone and attaches to a crown.
Not sure How Dental Implants Work and help?
This is how it works! It begins with a dental consultation to check if there is enough space and bone in the area of a lost tooth. The longer the tooth is absent, the more likely it is that the bone that held it has deteriorated. One of the main benefits of implants is the prevention of further bone loss. If you don’t have enough bone, a relatively routine procedure known as a bone graft can regenerate the bone where the bone has been lost, for your implant to succeed. When there is enough bone, the dental implant is inserted, usually under local anaesthesia in a short appointment. After surgery, usually a temporary tooth replacement is provided until the implant fuses with the surrounding bone, a process that may take several months. When the implant merges with the surrounding bone, the final crown is secured over the implant. The crown can go straight to the implant or more often to another part called an abutment positioned between the implant and the crown.
You now have a rugged replacement, which is visually inseparable from a natural tooth. Another great thing about dental implants is the variety of ways they can be used to replace missing teeth from just one tooth to a bridge-supported by implants. They can even be used to help support and retain dentures, so that they are more stable and function better.
Studies have shown an almost 97% success rate, making dental implants the most cost-effective long-term solution available. Evaluation of risk factors such as heavy smoking, uncontrolled diabetes and osteoporosis that you may have are necessary. In, rare cases, they may prevent dental implants from properly fusing to the bone.
Remember, dental implants require the same level of care as natural teeth. Keeping good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing, regular examinations and professional clean-ups will ensure the health of your gums and supporting bones, an important part of the long-term success of the implant.