Dental implants are essentially prosthetic teeth that are an alternative to either full or partial dentures. Dentists recommend these implants as they look natural and are very long-lasting in comparison to conventional removable dentures. Any person who has got dental implants fitted can enjoy the full function of their teeth in a very short span of time and they are also able to eat & drink normally.
A Specialized Procedure
Multiple visits will be required to get the implant procedure completed satisfactorily and prosthodontists will carry out this work. The dentist drills miniature holes in the jaw in the place that the tooth/teeth have to be implanted. Post this, titanium screws are inserted into these miniature holes.
It takes several weeks for new bone to accept this titanium screw and it will then grow around it and hold it in place. Titanium is generally well-accepted by the human body and as a rule very few people will have any kind of reaction to it. The dental implant is then fitted on top of these screws. These implants are almost permanent and with good care, can last for at least 20 years. Here are some benefits of tooth implants:
• They are an almost permanent solution for individuals who have lost either some or all their natural teeth
• No replacement or alignment is required
• They are fixed to the bone with the use of a screw and can be cleaned by regular brushing & flossing. Those who have implants also have to make sure that their gums are clean
• The person is not restricted from eating of drinking anything
• They look like natural teeth
• They are very easy to maintain as they do not develop any cavities
Is this a Specialist’s Job?
Generally most dentists are able to carry out a dental implant procedure. General dental surgeons, and Periodontists as well as prosthodontists and oral surgeons can help with this procedure. If your dentist is not able to provide this service, they will recommend a specialist.
The cost of the dental implants will vary dependent on the dentist who is carrying out the work, as well as the office/ hospital that it is being carried out in. Conduct a little bit of research before you decide to get dental implant surgery as it can be a little heavy on the pocket. You will also have to identify a skilled dentist to carry out the procedure.