Dental Implants -The Basics

The Basics of Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery has allowed people to regain their missing teeth due to damage or accident. It is a procedure that replaces a damaged or missing tooth with an artificial tooth much like a real tooth in terms of look and function. This is done by substituting tooth roots with metal posts screwed in to keep the artificial tooth in place.

Nature of Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants are tooth root replacements. These implants serve as the base for permanent or removable artificial teeth. The titanium in the dental implant is attached to our jawbone to secure the artificial tooth in place. It is generally indicated for those who are missing a tooth or two, those who cannot or do not want to wear dentures and other people who do not have other dental health problems aside from the missing teeth. Dental implant surgery requires a patient to have healthy gums and enough strong jawbone since this is where the implants are attached. He or she must also have a good overall oral and dental health.

Advantages of Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants have been considered more favorable than dentures and bridgework for many reasons.

•    Strong and Natural Looking Teeth

As opposed to dentures, dental implants form a more solid and stable support for your tooth or teeth replacements wherein the bones heal tightly around the implants. The materials used are also stronger and more durable and will not be easily damaged. Some even last a lifetime with proper care and good dental hygiene practices.

•    Enhanced Comfort

Because the implants are tightly secured, it will be more comfortable to chew or speak. Unlike dentures it will also not slip or cause noise and pain when we are eating because it feels like our natural teeth. Dental implants also improve our speech and can ease talking since they are made to fit perfectly in our mouth unlike ill-fitting dentures which can cause us to slur and mumble our words. Because it is fused to our jawbone, it looks and even feels like our natural teeth. It is also less hassle than wearing dentures because you need not remove it once it is in place. You just have to treat it as one of your natural teeth.

•    Improved Oral Health and Overall Well-being

When you opt for dental implants, dentists do not have to alter other teeth that are perfectly healthy unlike tooth-supported bridges where they reduce your other teeth. Dental implants also reduce the likelihood of bone damage. On the aesthetic aspect, it can help improve our appearance by giving us more natural looking teeth which in turn boosts our self-esteem. Keeping all these in mind, dental implants do more good than harm in our overall oral health.

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