a woman who knows about dental implants

Dental Implants: Are They for You?

Are you considering getting dental implants but still in the dark about how they work?

The costly and invasive nature of the surgery requires thorough consideration and research. You wouldn't want to get dental implants only to find out later on that they are not something you want or need. Consider the following points and be sure to discuss them with your orthodontist.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth that connect with the jawbone or skull, which function as orthodontic anchors. The basis for present-day dental implants is a biologic process known as osseointegration, in which components like titanium form a strong connection to bone. Osseointegration requires a variable amount of time to heal prior being fitted with the dental prosthetic. 

Because dental implants are fused to your jawbone, they offer a more stable support for artificial teeth. Artificial teeth supported by dental implants are less likely to slip or move inside the mouth, which is vital when eating and talking. Having this secure fit achieves a more natural, lifelike set of teeth. 

Who is eligible for dental implants?

Some people are just uncomfortable with traditional bridges and dentures. Others are advised not to use them as they cause sore spots in the mouth, gagging, and discomfort. Furthermore, traditional bridges must be connected to teeth on either corner of the area left by the absent tooth. 

The benefit of dental implant surgery is that the new tooth is placed and supported independently, eliminating the need for support from adjacent teeth on either side. Ultimately, no preparation before surgery is needed. People who prefer the least amount of discomfort usually go to orthodontists for a dental implant.

Are there important considerations?

Therapy after dental implant does not impinge the surrounding teeth, unlike bridges and dentures. There are no restrictions in the site to be used or the number of teeth to be replaced, provided that there is ample bone volume and the portion of the mouth is considered healthy. 

There is no specific age range for undergoing dental implants. Anyone can undergo the minor surgery, given that they pass screening from a qualified orthodontist. If bone volume is insufficient, the orthodontist may first perform interventions that aim to fill the inadequacy.

Last Updated: March 07, 2017