Looking at yourself in the mirror with a missing tooth can be disheartening. If this is how you feel when you’re by yourself, imagine the situation while socializing with people and someone brings up the topic of your missing tooth. Frequent embarrassment is just one of the many disadvantages of missing teeth.
To overcome this, most dentists recommend replacing a tooth using dental implants. Implants are regarded as the best tooth replacement solution owing to their strength, stability, longevity and amazing aesthetics. They form the complete package for anyone who’s looking to get a permanent replacement for their extracted tooth.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a prosthetic tooth that is fixed to the jawbone. It is composed of a metal post that replaces the root surface, and a ceramic crown that forms the visible tooth structure. They are held together by dental adhesives and a connecting element called the abutment, which also helps to hold the tooth in position. The metal post is usually made from Titanium and the crown is made from tooth-colored ceramic.
What are the drawbacks of missing teeth?
Loss of confidence: Patients with missing teeth naturally feel less confident while talking, smiling or posing for photos.
Drifting of teeth: The gap left in the jaws allow the remaining teeth to move from their positions. The teeth easily move from their sockets and can lead to a change in the shape of the jaws and the face as a whole. This can cause malocclusion and a bad bite.
Hindered functionality: Biting and chewing food with a missing tooth wouldn’t be like it used to before. Also, the phonetics would be affected if a frontal tooth is extracted.
Displeasing aesthetics: A gap left by the missing tooth can look too bad on your facial aesthetics. Also, when the teeth start to drift and the jawbone shrinks due to this, the shape of the jaws and the face would alter massively.
Why choose implants?
Implants are highly durable. The ceramic material used to fabricate the crown wouldn’t wear easily even upon biting and chewing food like you always do.
Implants are the strongest tooth restoration option available. The chances of the restoration breaking or snapping off are next to none.
They offer excellent longevity. When you take good care of them, which is brushing them well and not biting too hard foods. Also, you wouldn’t need to visit the dentist quite often.
The ceramic crown is a perfect aesthetic replacement to a natural tooth. Since it is made from dental-grade tooth-colored material, it can be made to match the exact color and texture of the natural teeth.
After careful screening and multiple scans and x-rays, the dentist would determine whether or not you’re the right candidate for an implant. A mold will be taken to act as a reference for fabricating the implant crown and sent to a dental laboratory. Prior to the surgery, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly and local anesthesia will be administered to numb the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Once it starts to take effect, the surgery will begin.
A small slit will be made on the gums to expose the jawbone, where the implant post will be inserted. A hole will be made on the jawbone and the implant will be carefully inserted in place. The wound will be allowed to heal, during which the implant would adhere to the jawbone. It usually takes a few weeks’ time, after which the second surgery will be scheduled. An abutment will be placed on the metal post and the crown will be attached to it. Dental cement will be used to hold it firmly in place. Finally, the bite and comfort will be checked.
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