Tooth loss not only makes one more self-conscious but it eats into one’s self confidence. This is why the prospect of getting a perfect replacement for missing teeth came as a reprieve to millions. The replacement which is comes in the form of dental implants has received tremendous love by millions because of their efficacy.
Although implants continue receiving lots of positive reviews, there are lots of unanswered questions concerning these implants. What is dental implant surgery like? What are some of the advantages of dental implants? Are there any risks associated with implant dentistry? How long does it take to heal after dental implants surgery?
Here is all you need to know about dental implants–
Dental implants are faux roots which are made from titanium which are placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. The root is used to anchor a crown or a denture to emulate the look and functionality of natural teeth. They are very effective and are by far the best replacement for missing teeth.
In modern implant dentistry, there are three types of implants that are commonly used. The three types are;
- Sub-periosteal implants – these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.
- Endosteal implants– these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
- Mini–implants- Well, although they aren’t quite regarded as a type of implant, they are quite different in a way and it is only fair that they get a special mention. These implants are miniature in size and far smaller than the traditional implants. They are used as a short term solution and are often replaced with traditional implants.
What to expect during dental implants surgery
Dental implant surgery is easy, painless and will be over in just a few hours. During surgery, a small pedestal or post made of titanium is surgically placed in the drilled socket of the missing tooth. The dentist drills a small hole in your jawbone where the implant fits perfectly and then places it.
The abutment is made by creating a model of your bite and then structuring it to fit the shape and size of your other teeth. After the abutment is placed a crown is attached to give the entire structure the natural look and functionality of teeth.
Thanks to anesthesia, the procedure is painless and the patient will not feel a thing during the procedure. After the procedure, there is some discomfort for a few weeks but one finally gets used. The healing process takes anything from 4 to 10 weeks.
Implants offer very many years of useful service. If maintained properly, these implants can last a lifetime.
The fact that implants last a lifetime makes them very economical. Although they have a high initial cost, braces don’t require regular replacements and one investment is enough. This is not the case with the other alternatives that require frequent replacing over a long period of time.
Implants not only offer functionality but will improve your facial aesthetics as well. They feel and look like your natural teeth.
Improved quality of life
From improved chewing to improved speech, dental implants will greatly improve the quality of life you lead. You will be able to go on with your daily activities with ease.
Implants are more convenient than the other available options. Unlike dentures which are removable and limiting in many ways, implants are permanent and don’t need to be removed when eating or sleeping.
Risks associated with dental implants
Although there are no known side effects of getting dental implants, they are not safe for everyone. People suffering from chronic illness such as diabetes, leukemia and those with recessed gums need to consult with their doctors before thinking about getting dental implants.
Chronic illness affect the healing process and it is up to the dentist to give the green light on whether the surgery should proceed or not. Make sure you consult with your doctor and dentist therefore before getting implants.
Choose Vita, Choose Quality
If you are in Houston and are looking for quality dental implants, look no further than Vita Family Dentist Care in Katy. We offer high quality dental implants at a very affordable rate. Give us a call today and we will gladly provide more information on our services.