The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dentists everywhere are recommending dental implants. These are the closest way you can get to healthy, natural teeth without dealing with the impairments and setbacks of, say, dentures. Dental implants can improve a patient’s quality of life in more ways than one, and are becoming an increasingly popular option among patients.
It is the only dental restoration technique that actually preserves your natural bone, which ends up stimulating bone growth. This blog will offer a rundown of the functions and benefits of this restoration method.
Dental Implants function like tooth roots, placed in your jawbone like screws, except instead of just staying there they actually bond with your natural bone. These implants serve as the base for where your crowns, or artificial teeth, are connected. The connector between implant and crown is called the abutment.
The benefits of dental implants are limitless. For one, your crowns are modeled after your real teeth, so your adjustment to the dental implants will be as smooth as possible. Not only do they look good, but once fused with your bones the implants become permanent.
This strong connection to the bone makes speaking and eating easier. With dentures, your teeth may slip and slide within your mouth, while with implants you can speak and chew food without this worry. Not having to remove the dentures, too, makes it much more comfortable.
The surgery itself can be a long process, taking many months. X rays and 3D images of your teeth will be taken. Your teeth will be examined before the surgery to determine which ones need replacement.
There are multiple outpatient stages in the surgery, where you will be given time to heal between each procedure. Among these procedures is damaged tooth removal, jawbone grafting, and various healing and implant placements. Bone grafting is necessary if your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough.
Now, onto the specifics: When placing the dental implant, the surgeon cuts open your gum, exposing the bone, where holes are then drilled to fit the metal implant post.
After this procedure, you must wait a period of time for the bone to grow before your abutment placement surgery, a quicker, easier surgery wherein your gum is reopened to fit the abutment on the metal implant.
A two week healing period is required before your new artificial teeth, modeled after your own mouth, are attached. After the surgeries, you will need ample time to heal, which may require pain medications or antibiotics.
As you can see, getting dental implants is a long, involved process. But, it pays off swimmingly, and the majority of these surgeries are successful, leaving the patient happy with their new set of teeth. As always, practice good oral hygiene to lessen the need for extensive dental restoration.