If you have a missing tooth, it is highly likely that you are looking for a way to replace it. While there are many options out there, dental implants remain the most viable long-term replacement. A gap in your gum not only affects your beautiful smile but also impacts on the dietary options you can indulge in. What’s more, an exposed jaw can lead to infections hence the need for a quick replacement.
Cosmetic Dental Implants in Detail
This is one of the most advanced dentistry procedures and it is the most popular restorative alternative. It involves fixing a permanent post to support a replacement crown to give you a natural dental outlook. A titanium post is fixed on the jawbone and an abutment is fixed on top. Once you heal, a ceramic tooth is then fixed.
There are many benefits of going for dental implants as opposed to other available procedures, such as dentures and bridges. Below are just a few:
- Improved appearance which boosts your self-esteem
- Improved speech
- More comfortable chewing, which improves your nutritional intake.
- Durability and easy maintenance of the new tooth
- Better oral health
These are just a few of the advantages you enjoy through this advanced oral procedure.
How Long Will they Last?
The question on most patients’ minds is how long the implants will last. While they are supposed to be permanent, their longevity will depend on:
- Adequate jaw bone mass: For the titanium post to ossify into the bone, there is a need for enough mass. As such, a dentist should start by evaluating the available mass of jaw bone available. If there isn’t enough, regeneration should first be done to offer reliable support.
- Lifestyle: Smoking, poor oral health, and uncontrolled diabetes are some of the lifestyle aspects that reduce the longevity of an implant. It is advisable to talk to a dentist to understand these lifestyle choices to avoid ruining the expensive procedure.
- Gum disease: Implant failure can be caused by gum disease, decay, cancer of the mouth and bruxism. Before the procedure, it is important to access any underlying gum condition and treat it to guarantee a longer life of the implant.
- Poor placement: Using unskilled doctors leads to poor placement and with time the whole thing comes apart. Always look for a highly qualified expert with long running experience in this field to guarantee more longevity of your new tooth.
Now that you understand more about this procedure, go on and find the right dentist and regain your dazzling smile.
Source by Dr Curt Ringhofer