Medical technology is constantly advancing, and thankfully, this includes the field of dentistry. One of the newest things to be introduced are dental implants. Dental implants have a lot of benefits over many more traditional forms of tooth replacements.
In this article we’ll dive into the details about dental implants, who they are good for, and some of the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are basically artificial teeth used to replace missing or damaged teeth. Unlike many traditional replacement types, these are surgically implanted into the patient’s mouth. A titanium post it placed in position in the jawbone below the gum line. After the post is inserted, the dentist will then attach a replacement tooth or bridge.
Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, this is a permanent replacement process that is often set for life.
How do they work?
When the mouth heals from the initial surgery the titanium posts will fuse together with the jawbone to create a sturdy base for individual teeth, bridges (multiple teeth), or dentures (complete set of teeth). Being that they are fused within the mouth, they will not slip or move as dentures or bridges can and are normally much more comfortable.
Are there different types of dental implants?
There are two different types of dental implants, endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants are directly implanted into the patient’s jawbone. After the jaw and gums heal, another procedure is needed to attach the post into the implant base. Lastly, the artificial tooth is attached to the post either individually or in groups of teeth.
Subperiosteal implants consist of a frame made of metal that is fixed to the jawbone below the gums. After the gums heal, the metal frame begins to fuse with the jaw. Posts are then attached to the frame and are exposed through the gums to allow the attachment of the artificial teeth.
Why are dental implants used?
Dental implants are primarily used to replace single or multiple missing teeth in a row. Other reasons people choose to have dental implants rather than other options like bridges, dentures, and crowns include…
– They function just like normal teeth. Eating and cleaning are the same as natural teeth with dental implants.
– If just getting a few implants, current healthy teeth do not need to be disturbed or act as supports.
– They feel and look like natural teeth, unlike some dentures or bridges.
– Dental implants can give dentures a more stable and firmer hold without the use of adhesives that can sometimes fail.
– There is no need for adhesives at all with implants.
– The keep the integrity of the jawbone due to the post mimicking natural roots that keep a natural appearance and promote bone regrowth.
How long will dental implants last?
Dental implants are one of the longest lasting dental procedures and they have been known to last years with proper care and maintenance. Studies have shown that implants, on average, last around 15 years but can last up to 20 with proper care.
It is important to avoid smoking to prevent bone loss and have a strict oral hygiene plan at home. Regular visits to a dentist are another key factor in the lifespan of dental implants.
While implants can be more expensive than some of the other procedures that we offer at Mint Dental, the long-lasting fix and quality of life benefits over some more traditional solutions cannot be overlooked.
If you have any questions about Dental Implants, the procedure, or any of our other treatment options please call us today at 907-313-1865 or fill out our contact form!