Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are placed in oral cavity. They are made up of TITANIUM which is non reactive material and is well accepted by body cells.
Teeth play a vital role in the overall general health and social life of a person. So losing one’s teeth affects the quality of life to a great extent. The most basic being affected is nutrition and taste. Besides this, after loss of teeth the remaining bone also undergoes rapid degeneration.
A person’s social life is also affected to a great extent due to absence of teeth. While a beautiful smile fills you with confidence, lack of it diminishes it.
Advantages of Implants
With all these benefits, implants are nearly ideal solutions for problems related to loss of teeth, thereby enhancing your confidence and giving you that smile back.
Placement of implants is a procedure with minimal discomfort. The IMPLANTOLOGIST gives anaesthesia, then exposes the bone by giving incision. The implant is placed inside the bone, the incision is then stitched back.
After this, it requires a healing period of about 3- 6 months. During this period, a process known as ‘osseointegration’ occurs in which bone cells adapt themselves around implant materiaL
After the healing period, the crown is then placed over the implant.
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?
A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.
Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.