If you have suffered tooth loss and don’t want to go for those flimsy dentures, implants (dental implants) might be an ideal and better alternative. Dentures moved around in the mouth, and most people have a tough time eating, talking and chewing. Implants, on the other hand, become a part of the jawbone and are permanent. Here’s more on some of the basic aspects of dental implants.
Basics and procedure
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Each dental implant is placed surgically in the bone socket of the missing tooth, and this then serves as the base for replacement tooth, which can be permanent or removable. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. The first appointment with your dentist will be all about decoding and evaluating if dental implants are right for your needs. If everything goes well, the surgery will be done in the next appointment. Once the implant is in place, the doctor will allow the jawbone to heal, which can take as long as 16 weeks in some cases. However, the implant must be bonded to the jawbone securely before the next steps can be followed.
Next, an abutment, which serves as the connector will be attached to the implant. Based on bite impressions and other details, your dentist will order replacement teeth.
What are the pros and cons?
Dental implants are highly successful. Most people who have enough jawbone, healthy gums and no complicated health conditions can consider the option. Getting dental implants doesn’t have to be painful either. If you can withstand the pain during a tooth extraction, this procedure wouldn’t be as painful. Probably the biggest advantage of implants is comfort. You can eat, talk and chew like having your normal teeth, and there is no extreme care required. If you follow the instructions suggested by your dentist, dental implants can last a lifetime.
One the flip side, getting implants can be an expensive procedure, especially if you compare this with dentures. Secondly, it can take time to get dental implants. You may have to wait for a couple of months or more before having replacement teeth. This is an elective procedure and cost is generally not covered under insurance.
Dental implants are way better than dentures and should work for most people. Anyone who has chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease or smoke heavily should check with their dentists to understand if they are an ideal candidate.