It is now much easier to get implants to replace lost teeth or veneers to change the surface appearance of teeth thanks to recent changes in cosmetic dentistry.
Differences between cosmetic and general dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is when a person opts to have the look of their teeth altered to improve their smile and general appearance. Although the American Dental Association does not regard cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, the procedures can produce dramatic results. Restorative dentistry is used when a person loses, chips, or breaks teeth due to trauma, cavities and tooth decay or other natural reasons.
However, before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry treatment, an individual should know first the risks and advantages in addition to what to expect during and after the procedure. It is also important to know the credibility of your dentist to perform cosmetic dentistry treatment, how much the procedure will cost, and if there are any special maintenance required after the treatment.
At one time, if a person lost a tooth due to trauma, old age, or any other cause, that space in the mouth was either left blank or a denture or false tooth was put in its place. Times have changed.
Dental implants involve placing a metal rod at the jawline and putting a molded artificial tooth or crown where the former tooth was. Because the implant is fused with existing teeth, it should last a lifetime and keep your gumline healthy.
Requirements for dental implant patients
You need to have healthy gums and strong bone as the basis for the implant or dental crown. These implants have the look and feel of regular teeth and can be used to chew food or do anything that regular teeth would do.
The health condition of the patient, the condition of the gum tissues and jaws, and the size, shape, and position of the jaw bones are important considerations before doing any implant procedures. Individuals with poor dental hygiene, diabetics, and those who smoke heavily are discouraged to have implants due to higher risk of gum disease and infection.
Dental implant failure is also increased especially for people who suffer diseases of the bones like osteoporosis and for people who have been taking steroids for a long time.
What are dental implants made of?
There are three parts of a dental implant: titanium metal that is fixed to the jawbone, an abutment or post that is fitted over the part of the implant that juts out from the gums, and a crown to provide a natural-looking appearance to the implanted tooth / teeth.
The lower part of the implant is often a titanium rod that is fused to your existing jawline. Crowns are typically made of a composite resin in a whitish tooth color. In some cases the dentist may use a porcelain tooth, but it is not considered as durable for a lifetime of grinding and chewing.
The procedure for implants
Your dentist will take molds of your existing teeth and …