While the worst case scenario which your dentist keeps avoiding is losing a tooth, there is actually a way for you to regain your lost tooth and its natural functions. While dentures and dental bridges are both capable of aesthetically improving your smile by making it seem like you still have all of your teeth on, they actually make it difficult for you to eat, drink or even talk because of the rather flimsy way that they are kept in place. In order for you to be able to function in the most confident manner, you must be assured that the replacement for your lost tooth doesn’t fall off just easily.
How do dental implants help?
Dental implants are titanium rods which are drilled into the patient’s jawbone and are used to anchor the dental crowns into place. Dentures rely on the natural suction which it forms with your gums to keep it in place. On the other hand, dental bridges are anchored to the adjacent teeth. However, dental implants are anchored deep into the jawbone which makes them more stable and even permanent. In fact, dental implants are designed to last for the entire duration of the recipient’s lifetime.
How is the procedure done?
The dental implant procedure is actually done in series. For instance, the first step involves the drilling of the actual dental implant which is a titanium rod. The reason for why titanium is used in the procedure is because it is capable of fusing with the adjacent jawbone to further strengthen and stabilize the entire system. This process of the titanium rod fusing with adjacent bone structure is known as osseointegration. Once the dental implant has healed and fully integrated with the bone, your dentist will then begin with the second step which involves placing the crown holder into place. Again, once the entire system has completely healed, your dentist can cap everything off by placing the crown to give the impression that you still have all of your natural teeth.
What are other applications of dental implants?
If you have lost an entire set of teeth, it might be more practical for you to stick with your dentures, especially if you are wearing a complete set type. However, you can make your dentures last longer with the help of mini implants. Mini implants have smaller diameters compared to the traditional dental implants and are used to anchor the dentures into place.
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