A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They provide stable support for the artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges will not slip in your mouth and they feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
The ideal candidate for an implant must have good oral and general health. The best candidates have healthy gums tissues and enough bone to hold the implant. Heavy smokers, people suffering from diabetes or heart disease, patients who have had radiotherapy to the head/ neck must be treated more carefully than the others. This is because their health’ condition is favorable for implant failure.
The advantages of dental implants:
- You can easily eat your favorite foods without hesitation. You can bite naturally and eat anything you want, with confidence and without pain. Dental implants function like your own teeth while dentures can make the chewing difficult.
- Your speech will be improved. Dentures can mean struggling to pronounce the words because the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble. This will not happen with the implants, which function like natural teeth.
- Your self-esteem will increase. Dental implants will make you smile more.
- Dental implants are long-term solutions. While traditional bridges have to be replaced at some point, implants may last a lifetime, with a good oral care.
- Dental implants will improve your appearance, since they feel like your own teeth. Being designed to fuse with the bone, they became permanent.
- Dental implants protect your healthy teeth. They do not simply reduce other teeth as a tooth-supported bridge requires. The modified healthy teeth are attached to and support the bridge. While dental implants go in the jawbone, without impacting healthy teeth.
- Dental implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Dental implants protect the healthy bone in your mouth. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing a tooth can lead to additional health problems, such as the deterioration of your jawbone. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that preserves and stimulates natural bone.
- Dental implants are the best solution to natural teeth. You will continue to have a beautiful smile.
The way implants are placed depends on the patient, the type of implant and the tooth being replaced. Some can be placed in one single day, but the majority requires two or three visits to the dentist.
First, the implant is placed into the jaw and the gum is secured over the implant. Over the next 3 to 6 months the implant will fuse with the jaw bone, making the foundation for the new tooth. Once the implant and bone have bonded together, the dentist may attach an extension, called an abutment to the implant. Sometimes the implant and this extension are a single unit placed during the initial surgery. In other cases, a second surgery may be needed to attach the abutment t. Once healed, the implant and the extension act as the foundation for the new teeth. In the final step the dentist will place the artificial tooth/teeth. This means you will have a dental crown, a bridge or dentures.
Once an implant has been placed, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a must. You have to do this in order to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure. If cared properly, an implant restoration can remain in place for more than 40 years.
Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and do regular dental cleanings and check-ups. Failure to brush and floss is a cause of implant failure. Infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas aren’t clean properly. Smoking must also be avoided after an implant procedure. Smokers have a higher risk of implant failure than nonsmokers.
To conclude, dental implants are a solution much better than bridges or partial dentures. If you think that you are as a perfect candidate for this type of procedure, please contact Dr. Arhiri. Call 610.647.7611 and Premier Smiles will answer all your questions.