You may have heard or encountered something called Dental Implants. So what are they? Well a dental implant is post or frame that is usually made from titanium. The implant is fitted through surgical means into the jawbone of a person who is looking to replace some missing teeth. Once the implant has been fitted into the person’s jaw and has properly fused into the bone, the dental implant is then fitted with an artificial replacement tooth on top.
Dental implants are actually a popular way of replacing missing teeth other than dentures and bridges, but what is it that makes dental implants a cut above the rest? Well the main advantage of dental implants is that they are very stable. Their stability is due to how they are supported by the bone underneath. This stability isn’t a quality among dentures and bridges which are supported using the adjacent teeth. This makes bridges and dentures unstable and people who wear them can experience some shifting and slipping inside their mouth which can be uncomfortable especially when one is speaking or eating.
For people who wear dentures, they may be forced to remove them every now and then to make speaking or eating easier. You can choose to speak and eat with comfort, or speak and eat with some spaces in your row of teeth which some might see as quite embarrassing. The act of removing dentures can also make other people uneasy especially during meals. You won’t have to worry about this problem with Dental Implants because they are permanently attached onto your mouth. You won’t have to remove them and you won’t have to worry about it slipping.
Today, there are two kinds of dental implants that are deemed safe for oral use by the American Dental Association or ADA. The first kinds of dental implant is known as an Endosteal implant. This implant directly attaches the metal post onto the jawbone allowing it to fuse together. After healing, the artificial teeth will be added. The second kind is called a Subperiosteal implant and instead of attaching a metal post, metal frames are attached to the gums and not the bone. Once the gums heal, the post is then placed on the frame along with the new replacement tooth.
In addition to replacing a missing tooth, dental implants can give support to the bone underneath. Without the presence of the tooth, the space in the bone will cause it to oddly develop and may lead to other problems. When the dental implant is attached, the structure will fill in the space which then in turn gives support to the jaw. This benefit does not come with dentures or bridges so the space in the bone remains empty causing the development of the bone to be odd pushing the teeth out of alignment.
It is important to note than when one is getting Dental Implants, you should have to maintain good oral hygiene. These replacements may be artificial but they need just as much care for it to maintain its strength and durability allowing the implants to last long.