The three most common options in replacing a missing tooth are removable dentures, bridges and dental implants. Removable dentures are traditionally comprised of a replacement tooth or teeth which are attached to a pink colored plastic base which serves as the gum. A metal framework is then attached to the teeth-gum set-up. The dentures are connected to the natural teeth surrounding it by metal clasps to keep it in place. To get used of this method may take some weeks until the uneasiness is gone. Dentures alter the environment inside the mouth which builds up plaque deposits.
A bridge is another common way of replacing a missing tooth. In this process, the teeth which will be supporting the bridges are cut down which is a major disadvantage of this method. It is also not easy to clean the parts of the teeth under the bridge which may result to decay.
A dental implant is a replacement of synthetic root tooth. This method is considered to be the best treatment of choice in filling in a missing tooth. The most common practice which uses titanium to bind into the jawbone was discovered by Per-Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish Professor. The titanium screws placed into the jawbone ensure the permanent placement of the new tooth.
Tooth implant is under the cosmetic dentistry category. Implants are proven to be more durable than dentures and bridges. It is valued as the best and a permanent answer to tooth loss. It reestablishes all important functions of a real tooth like chewing, biting and grinding food. Dental implants look and feel real and are permanent as they are fixed with the jawbone. While dentures do not make it easier for a person to speak, it is never a case when it comes to implants. One can talk and communicate confidently with people without any trouble of thinking that it might slip off your mouth.
As it functions like a natural tooth, one can expect comfort having it. Implants give you the chance to smile again with great self-esteem knowing that people will not even know your tooth is just implanted. Bridges and dentures result to plaque and tooth decay later on while dental implants improve oral health. Implants do not require cutting off other teeth and will not disturb other teeth next to it thus promoting oral hygiene.
Dental implants undergo two procedures. First if the preparation of the jaw where the new tooth will be fused. This is when a little hole is drilled in a specific part of the jawbone. This hole will lead the titanium screw in place. Second stage is the placement of the implant. In this specific stage, the little hole will be broadened to admit the insertion of the screw. Another screw will then be put above it as protection cover giving the dental implant the chance to heal. After some months, the cover is taken off and is replaced with an impermanent crown which will then be replaced by a permanent crown after in the right time. It does take time to finish the whole treatment but it is surely worth it.
Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery can avail of this method. Patients should also have healthy gums, strong jawbone and enough bone to support the implant. To achieve best results, the patient is also expected to comply with the dentist's directions and should see their doctor during the routine check-ups.
Source by Robert Melkonyan