It's unfortunate that so many people have missing teeth. Besides preventing you from eating foods you used to love, it's very embarrassing to know that people can see the gaps in your teeth. Some options available to people with missing teeth are -
- Partial Plates;
- Bridges, and
- Dental Implants.
Dental implants are quite new when it comes to replacing missing teeth. An implant can replace a whole mouth of missing teeth, or just one tooth. The main advantage of having a dental implant today is that an installed dental plant fuses to the patient's jawbone and looks and acts the same as a natural tooth.
Who Qualifies for a Dental Implant?
Most people with missing teeth can have dentures, but not everyone can have a tooth implant. Patients considering a tooth implant must have adequate bone on the jawbone to accept the titanium section of the implant. This will be determined by a visit to your dentist where images will be taken of your jawbone to determine the density.
Should you be an acceptable candidate, the titanium part of the implant will be placed beside your jawbone via a surgical procedure. As the mouth heals the jawbone fuses around the titanium rod. It must be noted that the fusion and healing can take weeks, sometimes months, before the process is complete.
How Expensive Are Dental Implants?
This newer version of a tooth replacement is more expensive than previous versions because of their longevity. False teeth and older dentures were designed to last several years, but then required replacing. So, though it is a more expensive exercise, take into consideration the additional cost you would have when older tooth replacements wear out.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
These implants are becoming very popular because they allow people to eat as they previously ate. Now, you can bite into an apple or corn-on-the-cob the same way people with natural teeth do. Unfortunately traditional dentures often don't fit perfectly so some foods remain out of bounds. With these new implants you can even chew gum!
Taking Care of Your Dental Implant
Obviously your implant stays in your mouth, so your new tooth must be well cared for; just as you would care for your natural teeth. No more removing dentures and soaking them in solution – you brush and floss your teeth as you naturally would.
How Do They Look?
Dental implants look so natural that no-one would ever know it's not your natural tooth. It's true that some dentures can look quite realistic, but the truth is that no removable denture will look as realistic as a dental implant will.
Ask your dentist about dental implants: if they're not experienced in this procedure ask for a referral to a dentist who is experienced in this type of dentistry.