The consequences of losing a tooth can be dreadful. It may have an adverse effect on your overall health. Since our population is aging and growing at a phenomenal rate, the number of people are being affected by the loss of teeth. The ultimate goal of modern dentistry is to restore normal function, comfort, aesthetics, speech, and health to people who have missing teeth. In a way, dental implants can be considered as a blessing in disguise to individuals who have lost teeth. Dental implants stop gradual bone loss and replace missing teeth. They almost resemble natural teeth. Many citizens who have undergone a dental implant are a happier lot as they have found their lost smile back.
The unseen effects of tooth loss- As we are all aware of how tooth loss can have an adverse effect in an individual and on society. Tooth loss is not only harmful to oral health but also brings down the confidence level. Tooth loss is not just about unsightly gaps, there’s something less apparent going on in the area that has a missing tooth that can affect the normal day to day function, oral health, facial aesthetics- just about everything.
Dental implants are one of the best options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have been used to replace lost natural teeth since the late ’60s. Results over the years have shown a success rate of 95%-98%. They are a far superior mode of treatment for lost teeth when compared to older methods like dentures and bridges. Your dentist will help you in explaining the treatment process, cost, recovery time and post-surgical care for dental implants.
Dental Implant makes a lifestyle improvement in an individual’s personal and professional life. They are known to be the most advanced therapy available to replace lost teeth. Dental implants offer several advantages compared to other forms of treatment. Some of the features of dental implants include:
Any individual who has single or several missing teeth is eligible for dental implants. They are suitable for people of all ages except for growing children. However, in children, dental implants can be used as orthodontic anchorage to help move teeth. Due to continued facial growth in children dental implants are not used as tooth replacement. Once growth has stopped which can be evaluated using x-rays, dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. Other exceptions to dental implant therapy are – Patients who have had recent radiation treatment to the head and neck region, who are on intravenous osteoporotic medications, who have uncontrolled diabetes, end-stage cardiac disease, women who are in the third semester of pregnancy and any other uncontrolled medical condition.
Dental implants require careful examination and planning. It is performed by an expert who has in-depth knowledge of the treatment. Dental implant placement usually takes one or two visits depending on whether your dentist chooses one stage or a two-stage treatment approach.
In a one-stage procedure, the implant is placed in the planned site and is exposed to the oral cavity by means of a healing cap. The gum tissue is sutured around the healing abutment. The advantage of this approach is that a second surgical procedure to uncover the implant is not required.
In a two-stage procedure, the implant is submerged below the gum tissue. After a healing period of 4-6 months, a second surgery is done to expose the implant. This procedure is usually done when the implant is not stable when placed or requires simultaneous bone and soft tissue grafting.
After a healing period of 4-6 months, an impression post is attached to the implant and an impression is taken. This will be further sent to the dental lab for fabrication of the implant restoration. Your dentist will try to match the color of the implant crown as closely as possible to the adjacent natural tooth. Once the fit of the final crown is verified it is either screwed in placed on cemented on a custom abutment.
As you can see there are a lot of options when it comes to dentures. If you don’t need all your teeth removed and want to save money a partial denture may be for you but it is always best to consult your dentist so that they can help you find the perfect match for you. So if you are looking to improve your smile call True Design Dentistry today at (858)-279-3455.