Dental implants are used to permanently replace a single tooth or several teeth which have been lost due to a dental disease or injury. It also comes in cosmetic dentistry treatment because it not only corrects the problems that accompany missing teeth, but it also aesthetically enhances your smile.
Dental implants are usually screws that are placed directly into the jawbone, so they serve as to hold or support the artificial teeth. These are designed to function the same way as natural teeth, so that you can still enjoy your food, speak normally and smile with confidence.
As dental implants need to be firmly attached to the jaw bone, they can only be fitted where there is sufficient healthy bone available. If the jaw bone is not healthy or is insufficient, bone may need to be grafted in to the area before the implant can be fitted. A sinus lift may be necessary if there is insufficient bone in the upper area of the jaw.
An implant can be fitted under local anesthetic and is a relatively straightforward process. An implant can be fitted in to the socket from which the natural tooth has been extracted. The level of discomfort in having a dental implant fitted is similar to that of having a tooth extracted. The patient may require some mild painkillers following the procedure, but the discomfort is likely to soon pass.
Some false teeth may be able to be fitted to implants immediately, but for others a delay of 3 to 4 months may be necessary. The reason for the delay is that the jaw bone requires to grow around the implant, fusing it in to place. Secure anchoring is important because there is a heavy workload that requires to be supported by the implant, when the false teeth are used to bite and chew. At the time of fitting, the dentist will be able to provide a more specific timetable based on individual circumstances.
Dental implants have a high success rate. However, they do not last a lifetime. They may need to be replaced after time. However, with regular care, dental implants will last for several years. Implants have to be cared for in the same way as natural teeth. They require to be brushed regularly. If they are not cleaned properly, dental implants develop a coating similar to plaque, which can lead to discomfort and gum disease.
Mini-implants are titanium screws that are of smaller diameter than standard dental implants. The smaller screw requires less surgical intervention. Mini dental implants are often used to stabilize a set of dentures. A full set of dentures can be stabilized with 4 mini-implants. Unstable dentures can make it difficult to bite and chew. By stabilizing the dentures, the patient becomes more comfortable and secure.