A tooth implant is most effective procedure to fill in the loss of a missing tooth. In the process, a titanium screw, which acts like the root of the tooth, is fixed in the jaw bone. Once the screw is well fixed, a crown is placed over it. The choice of crown could vary depending upon budget and need of the person. The chosen crown is placed over the screw with use on abutment.
All the more, loss of teeth also cause instability in bite as the adjoining teeth try to readjust their position to fill the gap created due to missing tooth. In the process, the bite becomes unstable and it also hampers the structure of the mouth. However, an implant not only fills in the loss of a missing tooth but also help stabilize the bit and keep the correct structure of the mouth intact.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If a person is healthy without any severe health threat or any condition of mouth preventing implant and of they have lost a tooth or teeth then they are considered ideal for the process of Dental implants. Some people go in for bridges made of porcelain and ceramics rather than going in for complete process of implant.
In such cases the bridges are weak and do not offer desired results. However, for people suffering from diabetes or those who are heavy smokers the best bet is to get an assessment done at our clinic before they consider dental implant for their missing tooth.
What are the advantages to dental implants?
Some of the major advantages of choosing the ideal procedure of dental implants are as follows:
- You get back the complete tooth which is equally useful and strong
- The jaw bone does not shrink or get deformed
- There is no spacing between teeth caused due to readjustment of teeth
- In case of implant the adjoining teeth are not hampered
- If proper care is taken implants lasts for a lifetime
- Even in case of wear and tear the crown and abutment need to be replaced
- The look is almost natural
- The implanted tooth can be cared as any other natural teeth
What are the disadvantages to dental implants?
Though dental implants are one of the most successful procedures of dentistry, it has its own disadvantages. However, none of the disadvantages are a matter of concern as they are rarely noticed, except one. And the one disadvantage that draws considerable flak is that it that the process is lengthy and it takes more than one appointment to be completed. In normal scenario, the titanium screw is implanted after careful assessment of the mouth and its structure. After the screw is implanted, it takes more than 2-3 weeks for the implant to get properly fixed.
And only after this time the abutment and crown is placed. All the more, the complete process of osseointegration takes more than 3-6 months and till the time patient should be careful and take proper care of the implanted tooth.