According to a study conducted in association with University of Manchester, those with a perfect smile are more likely to be happier in life than others less fortunate. Tooth loss invariably has an adverse effect on your general well-being besides your oral health. Dentures might provide a cheap and temporary solution but are not as effective and sturdy as dental implants which gradually become part of the jawbone.
If you are looking for an artificial replacement for your teeth that looks natural, dental implants will serve both of those purposes.
A Dental implant is an artificial and long-term replacement of damaged or missing tooth. Structurally it consists of two main constituents, which are: the base or fixture that is attached to the jaw or skull and is usually made of titanium, zirconium or ceramic; the prosthetic crown, which is connected to the base through the abutment. The placement of the fixture is such that the crown will be the only visible entity in your mouth, the rest is carefully concealed under your gums, giving the implant a natural appearance. It is also possible to replace a single tooth using implants.
Since the implant integrates with the jawbone, it aids the preservation of the bone in the absence of tooth. Bone loss is one of the many problems that arise after the loss of tooth which ultimately affects the health of the adjacent teeth. If you lose one tooth for instance, the disintegrating jawbone will compromise the health of the neighbouring tooth and those in the same row.
Unlike other teeth replacement options, implants can last a life time, providing a permanent solution to teeth loss. However, the life of the implant is determined by various factors like oral health, medical history of the patient, bone structure and quality of implants.
If you have any apprehensions regarding the insertion of implants, they may be allayed by the following step by step process:
1) The site of the tooth/teeth loss is examined using X ray to determine the quality and quantity of bone.
2) The procedure takes place in stages. The patient is administered local anaesthesia to prevent pain and discomfort. The implants are then placed. Dentures may be worn in the meantime.
3) After a period of 2-3 months wherein the bone integrates with the implant, the crown is attached to the implant. The waiting period is advisable to allow the biological linkage of the bone and the implant.
Implants appear and work just like regular teeth and require the same attention and upkeep for oral hygiene. They need to be cleaned daily with brushing, flossing and rinsing. Individual requirements may vary.
Any reservations that you might have in having a metal structure in your mouth can also be addressed. The element titanium is compatible with the human body and will not be rejected by your body. Additionally, it integrates with the bone(osseointegration) providing stability to the substitute crown.
The surgical process requires great dexterity and expertise, it is recommended to consult an experienced doctor who will ensure that the process happens smoothly. At Trooth Dental our prinicipal dentist Dr Raghavendra Jaiman is Certified in Oral Implantology from the India Chapter of Gothe Universetat Main Am, Frankfurt, Germany held at Nitte University.