Dental Implants Can Effectively Revamp Your Smile: Here’s Why
Do you have missing teeth and are looking for a tooth replacement option? If your answer is yes, know you are not alone. In America alone, over 30 million people have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. We are living in an era where old age is no longer the leading cause of tooth loss.
On the brighter side, modern technology has made it possible for people to replace missing teeth. You have a plethora of options, and the only challenge is choosing what works best for you. You can go for bridges or even dentures. However, dental implants sit atop the list of tooth replacement options.
Since its invention in the sixties, countless smiles have been rejuvenated using tooth implants. You can confidently expect your smile to get back to normal since implants are a permanent replacement option.
By now, you must have heard something about implants, and you are wondering if it’s the right option for you. It will not hurt if we delve some more and see what implants are all about.
Truth Behind Implants
In most cases, implants are made from titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with the human body. This means that when it is introduced into your body and fuses with the tissues, your body will not reject it. Implants are screw-like posts that our dentist surgically inserts in your jawbone.
Technically, implants are not teeth replacements, but they are more of root replacements. However, implants offer you the chance to replace the entire tooth, from crown to root.
Implants go beyond aesthetics and restore your tooth function. When you lose your teeth, the underlying bone starts deteriorating; this can alter the bone structure—implants aid in maintaining your bone structure, a feature that the other replacement options lack.
For decades, implants were made entirely from titanium, but they are currently also made from Zirconia. Titanium implants are made of three components:
- Titanium post. This is the root replacement, and it is inserted in your jawbone.
- Abutment. This part sits on the implant and acts like the connector that links the implant with the dental prosthesis.
- Prosthesis. This is what is screwed on the abutment and can be a denture, bridge, or crown.
Are You An Ideal Candidate?
Most people can get implants, as long as they can undergo simple dental surgeries or extractions, they are good to go. However, some issues have to be addressed. Some of the factors that our dentist have to consider are:
- Bone Health
When you lose a tooth, the natural response is for your bone to start deteriorating. It stands to reason that our dentist will have to check whether you have enough healthy bone to support the tooth implant. With our 3D imaging service, we can clearly view the state of your mouth.
If there isn’t enough bone, we will perform a bone grafting procedure that adds the bulk.
The success of the procedure is also dependent on your age. For an adult, the success rate is much higher than a teenager whose bones are still developing. Therefore, children and teenagers are automatically exempted from getting implants.
On the other hand, if you have any of the following issues, then it is best if you steer clear of implants:
- You are a heavy smoker
- You are suffering from uncontrollable diseases like diabetes or heart disease
- You have undergone radiation therapy around the neck area
How Are Implants Placed?
When you get to come to our office, this is what you can expect:
- A thorough examination by our dentist and hygienist to see if you have healthy gums and bone
- If everything is set, you will go into surgery, where our dentist uses surgical-guided technology to insert the implant
- Your bone and gums will be given time to heal, which is roughly four months.
- Once the implant has fused to the bone, your custom-designed crowns or fixed bridges are attached to the abutment.
Why Choose Implants?
If you have lost a tooth or all of your teeth and desire to replace them, implants can get the job done. We have single and full mouth implants that can cater to everyone’s needs. Implants depend on your bone for anchorage, making them look, function, and feel like your natural teeth.
For this reason, they have the following benefits:
- You can chew better because they are stable and function like your natural teeth
- They are more comfortable since they are a part of you
- They are durable so long as you do what our hygienist instructs you to do
- They are the only replacement option that can preserve your bone
With implants, you will feel like you never lost your teeth. You can call our Tacoma Dentist if you need to book an appointment.