Dental Implants and its Benefits
What are Dental Implants and the Benefits?
Are you suffering from teeth loss? You may be at a high risk of a number of oral health problems which add up to the obvious reality of your compromised chewing efficiency. Teeth loss is an undesirable condition for your oral health, yet it is not rare for people to lose teeth. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and accidental injuries are some of the common causes which can lead to teeth loss. So how does one recover from the loss? It’s simple. A lost tooth can be restored with a suitable dental replacement. Dental implants are one of the most widely recommended restorations in dentistry which can last a lifetime with little or no repair necessary during the course, provided proper care is taken. If teeth loss is bothering you or any of your family members, make an appointment and meet our dentist Dr. Teramoto at our dental office. We can recommend the most suitable restoration option for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. They are made of titanium, zirconium or other forms of bio-compatible materials which are capable of bonding with the jawbone. As a replacement for a lost tooth, a dental implant can truly improve the quality of your chewing. The success rate of dental implant surgery is pretty high. It ranges between 98-99%. The implanted tooth looks and feels as good as natural teeth.
Dental implant – Is it for me?
Any person who has a healthy jawbone can undergo dental implant treatment. There may be some concerns for patients with medical issues such as uncontrolled diabetes and patients who have undergone radiation therapy in the head and neck region. Patients who are chronic smokers and who are chronic users of bisphosphonates like Actonel and Fosamax for osteoporosis are at greater risk of infection and hence may not be the right candidate for dental implants. Similarly, a patient should avoid smoking following dental implant treatment as it may increase the risk of dental implant failure. Our dentist takes precautionary steps to see that patients are safe and they get the best from the restoration process.
During your first visit to our office, our dentist performs a thorough evaluation of oral health. Problems like gum infection may raise concerns. The condition may have to be treated before going ahead with the treatment. X-rays are taken to check the status of the supporting bone. A treatment plan is set on confirmation that the bone is dense and has sufficient length and width to hold the implant.
How is a lost tooth replaced using dental implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium or zirconium. An oral surgeon will be consulted for the surgical phase of treatment, where an implant is chosen based on the size of the supporting bone and the tooth that is being replaced. The position of the implant is perfectly planned before the treatment. Local anesthesia is administered in order to make the procedure painless. The oral surgeon starts by making an incision in the gums. A series of drills are used to create a bony recess in the planned implant site. The implant is then torqued into position. The implant is covered by a cap or a crown and the gums are sutured back. The surgical site is left to heal for the next few months. More than likely you will have 1 or 2 follow up appointments with the oral surgeon. Once the oral surgeon has verified a successful implant, Dr. Teramoto will finish the restoration of the implant by taking impressions and getting a crown fabricated from the lab. The implant cap is removed and an abutment is fixed over the implant. On confirmation of fit, the new crown can be cemented or screwed over the implant. We then go on to tell the patient how to care for the new tooth. Patients should make sure to take proper care of the implant during this period.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- The very first reason why dental implant has been the major pick is due to its long-lasting ability. Traditional dental bridges may only last a few years (say 5-7 years and with good care, it may last more than 10 years). However, dental bridges at some point will need a replacement. On the other side, a dental implant with proper care and periodic dental visits can last a lifetime.
- Dental implants give the look, feel and function of natural teeth as it is firmly fused into the jawbone. Other options like dentures can obstruct while eating, speaking and make other day-to-day activities cumbersome.
- Options other than a dental implant do not give a natural look to the teeth thus often people hesitate to speak, eat and laugh in public. But with a dental implant, your life would be more comfortable and easier.
- The dental implant is permanently fused into the jawbone, due to which the implant will get a firm support, thus there will be no anxiety that would remain about the fall-out of the dental appliances (dental implant). Generally, other options such as removable dentures or other tooth supported fixes will limit one's ability to join in the fun activity, as there is a continuing concern about the fall-out of dental replacement.
- Once tooth loss has occurred, the face will droop and look sunken as the gum tissue decreases gradually when there is no tooth or teeth. Even dentures and dental bridges, which are considered to be the common replacements for dental implants, cannot restrict the gums from becoming decreased. Therefore, when treated at the earliest with a dental implant, one can avoid the decrease of the gum tissues.