Dental implants are an alternative solution to natural teeth. They have revolutionized dentistry to such an extent that they have helped millions of patients replace their lost teeth with artificial ones, which look and function just like the natural ones. They are Titanium posts which are fitted with a tooth-like restoration to mimic and look exactly like natural teeth. A dental implant will provide a secure root to hold and withstand an artificial tooth above it. It is just like replacing a tooth with its root. The anatomy of a dental implant includes the following:
- The root - This will be in the form of a Titanium screw. Titanium is known for its durability.
- The abutment - The Abutment will connect the root with the implant.
- The restorative crown - This will serve as the replacement tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants will help in preserving the functionality and aesthetics of the teeth. When patients suffer from tooth loss, it can result in a lack of confidence leading to a sudden decline in self-esteem. Tooth loss can also result in gaps that can alter and affect the natural growth of teeth. Dental implants will provide a structural support to the teeth ensuring that they remain fixed inside the gums.
What are the different types of dental implants available today?
Innovations in dentistry offer patients with several types of dental implants. Here are a few.
• All-On-4 Dental Implants
These implants are anchored inside the gums with the help of four screws, unlike the traditional implants that use only one. It will result in faster recovery. These implants are used to replace missing teeth in the lower jawbone.
• All-On-6 Dental Implants
These implants use six screws to anchor the implant down the jawbone. Providing extra stability and durability, these implants are built to last. They are engineered to serve tooth replacements for the upper jawbone.
• Zirconia Dental Implants
Zirconia implants are metal-free dental implants. Their natural properties will help in blending into the tissues of the teeth much quicker than other implants. Since they are metal-free, they will not cause any side-effects or infections to the gums. Their natural looking feature will provide great aesthetic results, along with regaining the teeth’s natural form and functionality.
What is the procedure for getting dental implants?
Here is how an implant is inserted in place:
- The first step involves a careful plan to decide where the implants must be inserted.
- Later, the area around the gums where the implant has to be inserted will be numbed using local anesthesia.
- The implant will be inserted in place.
- An optimal amount of time must be given for the gums to heal around the implant.
- During this period, a temporary restoration will be placed above it.
- Once it is healed, the connector, otherwise known as the abutment will be placed over the implant.
- Your dentist will now place the restoration.