Many dentistry procedures are now available today, a dental implant is one of them which not only involve scientific discovery, research, and understanding but also has various applications in clinical practice. Dental Implant is a surgery that replaces tooth root with metal and also replaces damaged and missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function as the original one. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed and removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses including crowns, implant-supported bridges, or dentures. Dental implants have various steps involved such as:
- Let’s start with the beginning, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and the tooth root is replaced with metal like titanium which is lightweight, biocompatible (not rejected by the body or compatible to body), and strong. This stage consists of surgically burying the implant and at the end overlying gum has been removed.
- After this at the second stage, there is minor surgical exposure of the top of the implant, whereby the dentist will connect some form of the post which penetrates through the gum into the mouth and known as an abutment.
- Than gum is allowed to heal around the abutment and the abutment must be protected from the chewing forces during this period. Once it has been tested for successful integration, the last stage comes.
- The restorative step is the last stage in which fabricating and connecting of prosthetic teeth has been done to the successfully osseointegrated implants.
Dental surgery depends on the types of the implant and the condition of your jawbone but most of them have the same surgical procedure. In addition, a dental implant has various advantages and the main benefit is that it gives support to your new teeth. Other advantages are:
- Helps in easy eating as dental implants behave like natural teeth and allow you to eat your favorite food.
- Dental implants are designed like your own teeth and help in improve appearance after becoming permanent.
- It allows you to speak clearly without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Eliminates the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Apart from providing comfort, implants are very durable and will last many years.
- Some can last a lifetime if properly cared
Dental implants have a very high success rate i.e. 98% and with proper care can be last for a lifetime. The main factor that shows its success rate is the achievement and maintenance of implant stability. At last, they become part of you and can give you back your smile with confidence and make you feel better about yourself.