What Is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a screw-shaped, metallic fixture that is inserted within the jawbone to serve as the replacement root of an artificial tooth. The implant becomes firmly anchored within the bone and provides a solid foundation for the attachment of an artificial tooth. Dental implants offer a lifelong and durable alternative to removable dentures or fixed bridges that don’t fit well and often fail to provide acceptable facial aesthetics.
Why is Dental Implant Needed?
Your dentist can use dental implants for replacing a single, multiple, or all missing teeth in a jaw the goal being to restore dental function and facial esthetics.
No doubt, conventional removable dentures are considerably less expensive than dental bridges or implants but are the least desirable owing to their inconvenience of use and poor esthetics. Furthermore, dentures also do not provide optimal chewing efficiency and even affect one’s taste perception and sensory experience with food.
Before dental implants became famous, dental bridges were more commonly used for tooth replacement. Unlike the removable dentures, a bridge remains fixed as it gains its support from the healthy natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. As a result, they offer superior esthetics and chewing efficiency than removable dentures. However, the main disadvantage of bridgework is the dependence on existing natural teeth for support. Implants, on the other hand, are directly supported by the bone only and do not affect adjacent natural teeth.
Dental Implants versus Conventional Dentures
Implants Offer Good Retention
Removable dentures do not provide sufficient retention, often carrying the risk of slipping or dislodgement. As a result, they require the application of adhesives to ensure their retention and stability in the oral cavity while eating or speaking. An implant-supported denture requires no adhesive, as it is supported by implants that are directly anchored within the jawbone.
The upper dentures are usually designed in a way that they completely cover the roof of the mouth with an acrylic plate, resulting in an interference with taste perception and other normal activities. With implants, nothing is covering the roof of your mouth; and your taste perception and chewing efficiency will not be affected. Even the Implant-supported dentures do not require an acrylic plate for their retention.
Implants are Stable
Dentures wearers are often worried about their dentures slipping while eating or speaking. Since the dental Implants and are securely anchored within the bone, any prosthesis that is attached to them will not slip and fully restore optimal speech and chewing efficiency.
Prevents Facial Bone Loss
Over the years, excessive bone loss, either as a result of age change, trauma, or tooth loss, can cause the collapse of the lower third of your face. This problem is aggravated when bone loss is accelerated due to the loss of natural teeth. Excessive bone loss in the facial region can result in excessive wrinkles, sagging skin, and thinning of lips – creating an overall sunken-in facial appearance. This can considerably age a person’s appearance. Implants prevent bone loss. Dental implants tend to promote bone formation around them and ensure optimal bone volume and density in the facial region. Making you look much younger and healthier.
Dentures need to be removed every time for performing oral hygiene measures such as brushing and flossing. However, except a removable implant-retained denture, you can brush and floss without having to remove your prosthesis. You can care for your implant-supported restorations just like your natural teeth.
Chew With Ease
Dentures can move while you chew – which is annoying – and also creates difficulties while eating! In fact, dentures only restore 10% or less of your full chewing power and efficiency. That is why dentists often instruct denture wearers to avoid hard and sticky foods, to prevent their dentures from dislodging. Dental implants are anchored within the jawbone, just like your natural teeth – restoring full chewing power and allowing you to eat your favorite foods without difficulty.
No Clicking Sounds
Another problem associated with the conventional dentures is the clicking sound produced by the artificial teeth whenever you eat or speak. The artificial teeth for Implant-supported dentures are made from high-quality ceramics. Hence, there’s no annoying clicking sound with implants.
Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges
Much Sturdy Position
Dental bridges derive their support and retention and support from the adjacent natural teeth. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of the enamel from the supporting teeth to create room for the attachment of crowns that hold the bridge in place. Dental implants eliminate this problem, as they are embedded directly within the jawbone and do not require support from the adjacent teeth.
Dental bridges tend to have a short life, lasting anywhere between five to ten years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are prepared from high-quality titanium alloys – making them highly durable. Dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are looked after properly.
So, while a bridge may seem to be an economical option, the dental implants prove to be more cost-effective in the long run.
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. If you are fed up with your unaesthetic and uncomfortable removable dentures, then dental implants offer an aesthetically pleasant and long-lasting alternative.
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