Dental implants are suitable for most adults who are in good general health and have healthy gums. They aren’t suitable for children and young people under 18 because the underlying bones are still growing.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants serve as a complete tooth replacement. They are usually broken down into three components: the post, abutment, and restoration
The dental implant post looks like a screw. It is normally made of titanium and integrates into the jawbone like a tooth root. The abutment is attached to the post, and the restoration, or crown, is attached to the abutment.
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants as your Tooth Replacement Option
- Stop your teeth from shifting into the empty space
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin moving to fill in the space (mesial Drift). This can cause a number of dental complications. Unevenly spaced or crowded teeth are harder to keep clean, and the risk of gum disease and tooth decay increase. Placing a dental implant now will keep your teeth properly spaced and make it easy to keep them clean.
- Conserve your jawbone
If you choose to place a fixed bridge instead of getting a dental implant, your jawbone will eventually begin to deteriorate underneath the missing tooth. This occurs because you don't receive adequate stimulation to the bone without a tooth root. The same occurs with dentures that are not implant-supported. The longer you wait to get dental implants, the more likely it is that your jawbone may lack the integrity to get implants in the future without a dental bone graft.
- Implant-supported dentures
Many people complain of a wide variety of complications with their dentures. Poor fit, sores in their mouths, sunken lips, and food restrictions. If you wear dentures, you can get a fixed, permanent solution with implant-supported dentures. There are various procedures available talk to your dentist with regards to the best options for you.
- Preserve your appearance
When your jawbone begins to deteriorate because of missing teeth, it often causes your face to appear sunken in. This can make you look years older than you are. This is why people with dentures often complain of having thin lips and sunken cheeks. Dental implant posts provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking full and youthful.
Modern Implant Dentistry
Talk to your dentist before you choose dental implants to replace a tooth, multiple teeth, or provide a more comfortable solution for your dentures, they will be able to advise you about your different dental implant treatment options.
Your dentist may not recommend dental implants if you:
- Are a smoker
- Have had radiotherapy to your jaw area
- Have diabetes which isn’t well-controlled
- Have gum (periodontal) disease
However, each case is different. Tell your dentist about any medical problems you have, and they’ll let you know if implants are an option for you.
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