Dental implants are one of the ways to fix the missing teeth, the others being the use of dental dentures and dental bridges. The implantation method is widely considered to be better than the other methods in dentistry and is now the most accepted method of replacing the teeth. This method gives a ‘root-form' to the teeth and the same is placed within the bone.
Unlike the dentures, about which people are very apprehensive due to their falling or slipping out while they laugh or speak, the implants are a more reassuring alternative. The embarrassment caused to the people due to the accidental slip of the dentures can be saved using the more durable implants. Also, the dentures are able to prevent the loss of bone in the jaw. Similarly, the bridges are also an inferior alternative to the dental implants. These are not long-lasting and there is a need to replace them after 5-7 years. Bridges may not be applicable in those missing teeth cases which have a greater cavity span. At the same time, both the dentures and the bridges methods make use of the adjoining healthy teeth to stay in place. There is also a chance that the healthy teeth are weakened in the process and, when this happens, the support to the artificial teeth gets reduced.
The method of dental implants normally involves the implantation of pure, commercially viable, titanium screws through surgical means. The surgical procedure does require the expert hands and a few other conditions. For this dental implant method to work effectively there shall be sufficient bone in the jaw and it shall be strong enough to hold the screw.
The dental implant method does away with these shortcomings. The teeth are placed directly in the jaw, there is no bone loss and these can last lifetime. This is a better technique also because it has nothing to do with the adjoining teeth. These implants not only provide the solution to the problem but also give a very real-looking artificial tooth. You no longer have to be shy or be conservative in smiling or laughing. There will be no foul smell of metal or plastic in mouth.
Ease of use: Dentures can be a very big inconvenience. They have to be removed at night to be cleaned. They also have to be attached each morning with messy adhesive. Dental implants are permanent. You clean your new teeth by brushing properly- just like your original teeth. There are no extra steps.