So what are dental implants? Well basically Dental Implants are frames or posts that are made of metal (most commonly titanium), that is positioned into a patient’s jawbone under the gums through surgery which allows it to function like a metal root which will be attached with replacement teeth. When a dental implant is securely put into the jawbone, the dentist can then proceed to mount the replacement tooth onto the implant.
The advantage with dental implants is that they are more stable due to the fact it is fused to your own bones and is one the best options to go for when getting support from replacement artificial teeth. When you get bridges or dentures that will be mounted onto your dental implants, you will have more comfort since the dental implants prevent any shifting or slipping of the dentures inside your mouth which can be an issue when a person with dentures is eating or talking which can at times force him to remove his dentures. By securing your dentures to dental implants you won’t have to worry about constantly adjusting it in your mouth.
There are people who would prefer getting dental implants because getting simple bridges along with dentures just isn’t comfortable at all. Sometimes getting ordinary bridges isn’t possible especially if the patient has some sore spots in his mouth as well as ridges that are shaped poorly and if the person is prone to gagging. In addition to that, ordinary bridges require being anchored to the teeth adjacent to the empty space where the replacement teeth will be secured which will require the adjacent teeth to be ground down affecting its health. By making use of Dental Implants, the only area that will be affected is that of the empty space where the new artificial tooth will go.
If you have a missing tooth and want to get dental implants, it is important that you have healthy gums along with the right amount of bone in the space of the missing tooth so that it can better support the dental implant that will be put there. In addition to getting dental implants, one must be committed to making sure that your implants are kept clean and healthy. This involves being keen about the hygiene of your mouth along with paying regular visits to the dentist allowing him to take a better look of your implants and maintain it further improving its life span.
As of now, the ADA or American Dental Association deems two types of Dental Implants to be safe to get. These two are Endosteal Implants and Subperiosteal Implants.
- The first one which is Endosteal involves putting an implant into the patient’s jawbone and after the gum in the area has properly healed, a second session will be to put in a post to that implant and finally the dentist can attach the replacement tooth.
- Subperiosteal implants make use of frames that is just attached to the patient’s jawbone underneath the gums. With the healing of the gums, the frame becomes fixed and once that is done the dentist can put posts onto the metal frames where the teeth will be mounted on.