Your teeth are one of the most prominent features of your face. When you talk or smile, your teeth cannot go unnoticed. While your teeth may be intact, healthy, and strong, you will be surprised that many people do not have their natural teeth. In the United States alone, it is reported that 35 million citizens do not have any of their natural teeth. Another 178 million people are said to be missing at least one tooth. That notwithstanding, it is expected that these numbers could rise, and even double over the next two decades.
Despite the damning statistics, there have been improvements in health care which have made it possible for people to recover their dental appearance once more. Previously, the treatments available for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. With dental implants, that has since changed.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are fixtures that are placed in the jawbone. They are a replacement for the root of your natural tooth. Once they are fixed, permanent or temporary teeth can be attached. Often, it is a Titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone.
Your dentist may not carry out this procedure. Instead, the dentist will refer you to a dental specialist who has further training in this field. The experts in replacement and restoration of teeth are known as prosthodontists.
Not everyone is eligible
Whereas many people can have dental implants done on them, not everyone is eligible. Only people who have good general health, strong gums, and jawbones that can hold the implants can have them implanted. Those people with weak or shrunk jawbones cannot have the procedure done due to medical reasons. The prosthodontist will provide other available alternatives.
Implants are safe and long lasting
Using implants to hold teeth is a safe and well-established practice. Just like your natural teeth, implants will last long if you take your dental care seriously. Additionally, regular check-ups and maintenance increases the shelf life of your teeth.
Yes, it might hurt a little
There is little or no pain when you are undergoing the procedure. However, once it is done, you are likely to experience some discomfort which will diminish after some time. Only rare complicated cases will experience intense pain.
Unlike dentures which are removable, implants are permanently attached to your jawbone. Therefore, there are no embarrassing moments when they’ll drop out of your mouth or the not-so-pleasing adhesives that are used to hold them in place.
The cost of dental implants is more than the conventional tooth replacing remedies such as dentures. However, they are the most cost-effective and satisfactory option in the long run for the patients because they are permanent.