Important things to know about dental Implants and the best time to get them
Are dental implants worth it?
Bothered by the gap in your mouth due to a missing tooth? Feeling low confidence levels and is embarrassed of your smile? Well, you may be looking towards filling that gap with the implementation of dental implants!
However, just like any other surgery, implants in your mouth may have certain complications. Here’s all the information you need in order to know when is the best time to get them done.
What are dental implants?
To kick things off, we first need to understand what dental implants are. A dental implant is an oral surgery conducted to replace a missing tooth. The root tooth that is missing is being replaced with metal screws.
It can also be used to replace damaged teeth with artificial ones that look and function like natural teeth. It has three components to it, namely the implant screw, implant connector and implant tooth.
To briefly describe, the implant screw acts as a root that will be attached to the jawbone, beneath the gums. The implant connector is a supporting factor of the implant crown and the implant tooth is the artificial tooth, also known as the crown.
Benefits of implementing dental implants
Now that you know what dental implants are, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to implement them. Well, there are many benefits that come along with the implementation of dental implants for your missing teeth and we are here to let you know of those benefits!
One of the main reasons why dental implants are being implemented is because of how they boost the confidence of individuals, brightening the smiles through the replacement of the missing tooth. Implants are very natural looking and are typically also custom to fit the mouth of each and every single individual.
Other than aesthetics, the implementation of implants in your mouth also helps you to chew and bite with greater ease, allowing you to consume food with much more comfort. Since the crowns implanted are almost alike the natural tooth, it would be like your tooth was never missing!
Dental implants require very low maintenance, even lower maintenance as compared to your natural teeth. They are also known to last for decades, usually for the rest of the individual’s lifetime. However, it is important to ensure oral hygiene despite low maintenance as it is essential for good health.
In comparison to dentures, implementing implants in your mouth is much more comfortable. They do not irritate your periodontal tissue or harm your jawbone.
Process of implementing dental implants
In order for you to better understand if the implementation of dental implants is suitable for you, it is key that you understand the basics of its procedure. Firstly, if the dental implant is implemented to replace a damaged tooth, the root tooth will be extracted to make way for the implant to take place.
Next, the dentist will conduct X-rays to examine the state of your mouth to deem the suitability of implants. Then your periodontist will form a socket through your gums, and sometimes into the jawbone. A titanium implant root will be placed into the jawbone beneath the gums, fusing firmly.
Then, the artificial tooth, known as the crown will be placed above the implant connector and there you have it!
So, are dental implants the right thing for me?
Now that you have all the essential information about dental implants, it is time for you to deem the best time for you to implement them. Dental implants are generally quite suitable for most people, as long as there is good oral hygiene and good oral habits, with no bleeding gums and a well-aligned bite.
However, individuals who are considering implementing dental implants but have chronic problems such as diabetes or osteoporosis may be affected in terms of healing time and process.
Smoking may also result in the failure of implants, as well as severe bone loss and gum loss. It is best to get the oral surgery done as soon as possible when you are replacing a missing teeth. This is because the longer you wait with missing teeth, the more quickly the gums and bone below where the tooth used to be will sink down and deteriorate and a more complicated surgery may be required.
However, it is important to note that it is best to receive oral surgery for implants when your teeth have healed from a previous extraction. With that, we hope that you are healthy and good to go for the oral surgery for implants. If there are still further concerns, be sure to reach out to your dentist or anyone here at Vivid Dental Surgeons for help!
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