Dental implant is an artificial method to replace lost teeth. It is a titanium root that is fixed into the jaw to support the replaced tooth or bridge. They are the quick fix solutions for people whose teeth are very weak.
There are different types of dental implants possible:
The most common type of implant is the one that happens in the bone. In this case, the screws, cylinders or blades are directly inserted into the jawbone. This is an effective replacement of bridges/ dentures.
These implants are placed on top of the jaw. They are used for patients who cannot wear the normal dentures owing to inadequate bone height.
However dental implants are not for everyone. The implant needs a proper jaw bone to give it support and to hold it firmly in its place. Hence patients who do not have periodontal diseases are eligible for dental implants. Having healthy gums is also essential before one goes for dental implants.
Dental implants also need medical specialisation and precision since they are intricately joined with the gum tissue and jaw bone. A dental implant procedure is a definite step by step methodology and every step needs to be carried out under medical supervision.
Deciding on the candidature:
The first thing to decide is the kind of implant suited for your teeth. Where exactly shall it be fitted and how would they fit it? These are essential questions that can be answered by consulting with your periodontist. Now the methods will vary depending on the type of implant chosen and the conditions therein. A custom-made plan will be made for you accordingly.
One simple implant and a crown can replace a single tooth. In case of multiple teeth, bridges will be required. If all the teeth need to be replaced, a full bridge or denture will have to be used alongside. Implants, as already discussed, require adequate bone. Adequacy is usually defined by the bone quality and quantity. For instance, the upper back jaw would create considerable difficulties for implants to be inserted. It also is very close to the sinus. Hence corrections need to be made prior to the implant. Sinus augmentation is one of these methods to raise the sinus floor for convenient placement of the dental implant without any interference. The upper and lower jaw are susceptible to several deformities. This will hamper the implant support. Hence a ridge modification can be done which would lift the gum away from the ridge and make the deformities visible. This deformity shall then be filled up. Ridge modifications make the implants highly durable.
Oral health and dental care are heavy maintenance chores which we do not pay attention to. Dental implants are similar to teeth except that they are artificial. They demand the same care and attention as do normal teeth. Flossing and brushing regularly are key ways of keeping the dental implants durable and strong. Choose to work with a periodontist who would take care of your implants post they have been inserted. There’s a long way to go after the implants are done. Follow-up visits are a must but at the same time, daily care of your implants at home is what makes the difference in your oral hygiene.