Dental implants replace the entire tooth structure of a missing tooth. The root of the tooth is replaced by a titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone and then capped by a prosthetic tooth. The final product looks and functions like a natural tooth.
If you are up for a dental implant, here are 9 things you should know about your implant and the procedure.
9 Facts on Dental Implants
- Dental implants are the most successful option for replacing a missing tooth.
- With proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime, making them a very cost effective option in the long run.
- Dental implants are permanent as they are inserted into the jawbone, instead of using a type of adhesion or bonding.
- The prosthetic teeth not only look and function naturally, but also feel like a normal tooth.
- You can eat without concern once you have had a dental implant, because they function just like your natural teeth.
- Missing teeth put you at risk of bone loss, sagging facial muscles and a shift in the position of remaining natural teeth. Dental implants prevent the deterioration of the facial structure, and stop the shifting of natural teeth to ensure optimal tooth functionality, normal facial appearance and an intact smile.
- Unlike dental appliances, dental implants do not require any special maintenance. Dental implants are meant to be cleaned in the same way you would clean your normal teeth, by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
- The procedure is simple and can be completed in a day. It is easier than having your tooth pulled out and is less painful, because tooth extractions require much more applied force; and dental implant procedures use instruments that create a precise area for the implant, without damaging or affecting other areas of the mouth.
- There are a few factors that determine whether or not a patient is eligible for a dental implant. Good tooth density, healthy gums and ample bone tissue is required for providing support to the implant. Patients with thin or soft bone might require additional surgeries before the implant. Some patients’ sinuses may be too close to the jaw for a dental implant. In such a case, a sinus lift might be required. Age, however, is not a factor. Elderly and young patients can receive dental implants.