There are many varied reasons why someone may be in the unfortunate position of missing one or more of their teeth. However, these usually fall into two main areas of causality; trauma and degenerative. Put simply, teeth that have been forced out through unnatural impact or through natural ageing or neglect. Whatever the reason may be, it is important that any missing teeth are replaced as soon as possible in order to maintain the structure of the jaw and the health of the patient.
While there are certainly many options for replacing missing teeth, by far the most effective and proven solution is that of dental implants. Modern implants are highly effective in giving the most natural appearance and function of normal teeth. If a patient is looking to get a tooth replacement done, it is important to do the relevant research and find out as much information about the procedure as possible before going ahead.
So what are dental implants?
A dental implant is simply a tiny titanium screw that is fixed onto the jawbone in the area occupied by the missing tooth. Once the dental implant is in place, after which a short period of recovery will ensue, a ‘post’ is fitted to hold the crown. The crown is the part of the implant that most closely resembles a natural tooth and your dentist will make sure that it perfectly matches the patient’s existing teeth.
From here the patient’s dentition, namely the arrangement and overall appearance of the teeth, can be further enhanced with replacement crowns, as the teeth adjust to the new tooth or by the use of a bridge as a way of support. Restoring a patient’s dentition this way gives them the closest feeling and sensation to having natural teeth, something we take for granted but will be life-changing for those in need. When looking for a dentist or a particular dental practice to help restore teeth, it is important that the patient does their own detailed research to find a skilled dental technician that aims to deliver their patients a beautiful aesthetic and functional solution.
It is important to note that whilst anyone can benefit from dental implants, unfortunately not everyone will be able to proceed with the surgery. In some rare cases, those with bone issues such as osteoporosis or with a reduced amount of bone tissue may need a potential bone graft before any treatment can begin. The skilled and experienced team at the chosen dental practice can and will spend time planning the patient’s treatment and will assess the dental tissue to check the quality of the bone present. This necessary step is crucial to making patients feel comfortable and confident when embarking on this treatment.
Putting such fears aside, dental implants are a highly accessible, successful and life-changing treatment that achieves fantastic results in a painless and short amount of time. If one is looking for dental implants, it is important to consider the advantages of getting the procedure done and making sure that it is the right decision to take for you.