Dental Implant Treatment
What are dental implants?
Despite all the technological improvements on dental care, millions of people still suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, periodontitis (gum disease), or injury. For decades, the only options for those with missing teeth were bridges or dentures. Today however, we have dental implants as a choice.
Dental implants are basically an artificial root made of titanium alloy. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. The implant will provide a strong foundation for a fixed permanent tooth replacement made to match the natural look of your tooth.
If you have good general health, healthy gums, and your jawbone density is strong, dental implants are a good option for you.
Advantages of dental implants
- Dental implants don’t slide back and forth while chewing, like dentures do. They look and function very much like real teeth. This will allow you to enjoy all your favourite foods without pain or hassle.
- Because they become part of your jawbone, you won’t have the pressure and discomfort of having removable dentures which clamps onto your gums.
- Convenient. You will no longer need to remove your dentures and have to use adhesive to glue the denture into place.
- Dentures can slide and shift inside your mouth while speaking, causing your to slur or mumble words. Having implants will eliminate this problem.
- The appearance of your teeth will look more natural as implants are made to look and feel like your own teeth.
- Choosing dental implants will eliminate the need to reduce adjacent healthy teeth in order to fit bridges in.
- They are very durable and with good care, they can last a very long time.
Are dental implants for everyone?
If you are healthy enough to undergo routine surgical extraction or oral surgery, implants can be an option for you. Patients considering implants need to have healthy gums, and enough bone to hold the implant in place. They must also be committed to good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits at the dentist. Those suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease, heavy smokers, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck area needs to first be evaluated on an individual basis by a dentist.