17 Jul Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Years ago, people with missing teeth rely primarily on bridges and dentures for replacement. Today however, they have a more reliable and ideal option in dental implants. Simply put, dental implants act as replacement tooth roots. They are designed to provide a robust foundation for removable or fixed (permanent) replacement teeth.
Is dental implant for everyone?
The ideal candidates for dental implants are those people who are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery or routine dental extraction. Dental implant candidates should also have sufficient bones and gums that are healthy enough to hold and support the implant in place. People who will undergo dental implants are required to be committed to routine dental visits and good oral hygiene.
Those who are suffering from chronic disorders (i.e. heart disease or diabetes), heavy smokers, those who have had radiation therapy in the neck or head area will be evaluated on a case to case basis. As a general rule of thumb, if you are considering dental implants, check with your dentist first if they’re the best option available for your case.
What are the steps involved in the dental implant procedure?
Creation of an individualised treatment plan is the first step in the dental implant process. The treatment plan will address the patient’s specific needs and is often prepared by a team of professionals especially experienced and trained in restorative dentistry and oral surgery. The team will also provide tailored care based on the option that is considered best for you.
The dental implant process begins with the tooth root implant (often made of titanium) placed into the missing tooth’s bone socket. As the jawbone heals, it is expected to grow around the implanted metal post and will anchor it securely in the jaw. The healing process typically takes 6 to 12 weeks.
Once the implant has successfully bonded with the jawbone, an abutment (small connector post) is then attached to the post to securely hold the replacement tooth in place. To create the replacement tooth, an impression of the teeth will be created. From the impression, a model of the bite will be created. The new tooth will be based on the model. The replacement tooth (referred to as crown) will be attached to the abutment.
The artificial replacement tooth that will be created is made to match the colour of the natural teeth. Since the dental implant is secured to the bone, the replacement tooth will function, look, and feel just like the natural teeth.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
Most patients who have gone through the dental implant procedure report experiencing very minimal discomfort during the procedure. Since local anaesthesia is used during the procedure, most patients say they involve less pain than a tooth extraction. After the procedure, mild soreness can be experienced. However, they can easily be remedied by over-the-counter pain medications.
What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
While there are several exciting benefits of dental implants, some of the most remarkable ones are:
● Enhance appearance. Since they are designed to look, feel, and function just like the natural teeth, most people will not even notice them.
● Improved speech. Those who use dentures, especially the poor-fitting ones can cause patients to slur or mumble their words. Dental implants on the other hand allows patients to speak with confidence, without worrying if the teeth will slip out of place.
● Easier eating. Undeniably, ill-fitting dentures can make chewing and eating difficult. Fortunately, dental implants work just like the natural teeth so you can eat your favourite foods with confidence.