Although they are becoming more and more popular, many people are still a bit unsure of what to think when they hear, ‘dental implants.’ First things first, it is important to understand that they are not the same thing as dentures, or even an improved type of denture, they are something much better.
Unlike decades ago, when the loss of a tooth meant you were left with two fairly undesirable options, removable dentures or a fixed bridge, dental implants are now an accessible alternative that have changed the way many people about their dental health.
A dental implant, sometimes also referred to as a fixture, is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis or act as an orthodontic anchor. They have mental posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once there are secured in place, a dental implant will allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Due to the fact that they are secured with a post, which functions as a tooth root, they don’t come loose in the way that denture can.
1. You can expect a standard procedure with a high success rate
It is important that, if reading about dental implant procedures, you make sure the literature you’re dealing with is up to date. Things have changed a lot over the past several decades and most dental implants can now be performed by a general dentist with very high degrees of success.
Most people who receive dental implants, assuming they have generally good dental health going into the procedure, don’t experience any complications at all. Of course, studies find the success rate directly corresponds with the experience of the person performing it, so it is not a good idea to go with a dentist who hasn’t performed many before. With an experienced practitioner on your side though, you can expect a relatively simple and straightforward procedure.
2. Your implants will both look and feel exactly like, or better than, your natural teeth
Unlike dentures, when it comes to the appearance and feel of dental implants, truly the only difference is the fact that they are not actually real teeth. This is something you might end up having to remind yourself of though.
Today’s dental technology is very advanced, and the implant will be individually customized to look, feel, and fit exactly like all the other teeth in your mouth. This completely natural feel is achieved by fusing the implant to the actual bone. You should also expect special care to be taken in the design of the crown to ensure that it is almost not distinguishable from your teeth.
3. You’ll be able to eat more easily while protecting your other teeth
Unlike other options, dental implants will give you the freedom to enjoy a natural and satisfying chewing experience. You won’t even notice they are there and won’t be plagued by anxiety during every meal. Unlike traditional dentures that can slide around, dental implants function like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods without any extra effort or sensation of pain.
Speaking of your natural teeth, dental implants will also help you protect the healthy teeth that you do have. Many other widely used teeth replacement techniques involve cutting some parts of adjacent healthy teeth in order to achieve the right positioning or balance. Thanks to dental implants, if necessary, a crown or a bridge on the dental implant itself and other teeth will not be affected. This improves the overall health of your mouth and will cause less problems down the road.