Missing teeth can destroy confidence in a unique and terrible way. Dental implants are a modern dental remedy that provides an effective and lasting solution to an embarrassing problem.
Our smiles say a lot. They are an important part of a first impression, and first impressions can mean everything, whether you are dating, in the corporate world, or just out in public. A crooked smile or smile with gaps in it is hard to ignore, whether you are the one looking or the one with the problem.
Dental bridges and dentures are one way to approach the issue. Dental bridges use surrounding teeth to create a place for a false tooth to sit. Dentures fit over existing teeth, or over gums, and also provide false teeth.
But none of these solutions are as permanent or free from the requirement of daily attention as dental implants. Implants involve the placements of a base within the gum, and a false tooth is placed on that base.
The implanted part of dental implants are made out of titanium, a metal that the body doesn’t reject. This piece of metal goes into the jaw bone, where it eventually bonds with the jaw, in a process called osseointegration.
“What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place,” says mouthhealthy.org, part of the American Dental Association.
On top of that implant is placed what is called an abutment, which is just an extension of the implant. On that abutment is placed the crown, or the artificial tooth.
An advantage of implants is that the dental implant procedure doesn’t depend on surrounding teeth. Dentures have to be made to fit right around the remainder of the mouth. With bridges, surrounding teeth often have to be modified in order to be able to support a false tooth that will go in place of the gap.
Sometimes dental implants aren’t the right option, such as if the patient is dealing with a chronic illness like diabetes or some cancers. These diseases may interfere with healing.
But most everyone can get dental implants, which can last for decades. So if your basketball game leaves you toothless, or if your skateboard does the same, consider dental implants.