Have you ever seen someone with bad teeth suddenly have beautiful teeth that are not dentures? If so, what you encountered was someone with dental implants, which means their teeth are not real despite the fact they look authentic. The bearer of the implants opted for the procedure because of its permanence, eliminating the need for dentures. Dentures, while impressive, can possess that artificial look when observed closely and they lack the security and permanence of implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
As for the dental implant procedure, it involves the implantation of small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. The bone and the titanium bond to one another, creating the perfect root substitute for artificial replacement teeth to be anchored. The end result is a not-so-perfect smile being made perfect with teeth that are 100% functional. The recipients of dental implants can easily forget that their teeth are artificial and many claim that they do.
But before the insertion of dental implants can take place, the ridge bone must be evaluated. This is the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth. There are individuals that experience breakdown of this bone due to age or disease and breakdown can make it impossible to place dental implants. Fortunately, the ridge bone can be repaired so that dental implants can be placed securely. This procedure is referred to as â€œridge expansionâ€ and is performed by using special tools that laterally widens the bone so that the ridge is properly expanded for secure implant placement.
The Sinus Lift?
Another option is the sinus lift, which adds bone to the upper jaw so that dental implants can have the perfect foundation. The bone may come from your body or from another source. The procedure is necessary when there is very thin bone that separates the mouth from the sinuses, which means that the bone is too thin for the implants. The sinus lift will thicken that bone by doing a bone graft. So anyone with a thin or deteriorating ridge bone can have dental implants after these ridge expansion procedures are performed.
In regards to how extensive the process is, an individual can have one tooth or ten teeth replaced. Some patients need a complete dental prosthesis, which means all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw are replaced, and others just need to fill in the gaps. Patients have their choice between a fixed prosthesis, which can only be removed by a dentist, or a removable ball and socket attachment. These are procedures that are typically performed in-office in a sterile environment.
Benefits and Candidacy
Overall, the benefits are enormous in that existing teeth are not harmed by bridging gaps, there is no having to worry about the insertion or removal of full or partial dentures (or anything getting stuck under them), and they look authentic.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, you will need to have a thorough examination, including a comprehensive dental and medical history. If your mouth is not suitable for implants, options, such as bone grafting, will be discussed with you. If you find that dental implants are not for you at all, there are other options to improve your smile.
[box type=”note”]If they are for you, once they are in all you have to do is take care of them and they will last for many years. Typical oral care will suffice, which includes brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist on the schedule that is established for you.[/box]