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Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth

July 10, 2024

Are you struggling while eating, chewing or talking because of a wide gap between two teeth or a missing tooth? Your dentist may have told you that you need a dental implant, so  the verdict makes you nervous, and you hope there is a way to escape from this situation.  

Being anxious is a natural response and you are absolutely allowed to feel what you're feeling. Once you accept your inner fears, it is a good thing to evaluate the treatment option thoroughly, and only then make a well informed decision.

Firstly, know that a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is embedded in the jaw bone, and allowed to fuse over a couple of months, so that it becomes an almost life-long support for a replacement tooth or bridge. 

Once the implant is ready, it is covered with a dental crown,  which makes your set of teeth look complete and your smile is restored, or even enhanced in many cases

Why implants are better?

A practical first step to understand why the dentist is recommending an implant is to ask the expert themselves. Prepare the questions you have in mind and ask them on your next visit. Whether it is the pain that may be felt, the duration of the entire process or how much it will cost, you can put forth your queries and get clarity.

The material used in implants:

Implants are made of titanium or a titanium alloy, which is biocompatible i.e., it can fuse with the jaw bone over a period of a few months. Since it has to function like a root, once it is fused, a connector - known as an abutment - is attached to it, to hold the replacement tooth or bridge.

The replacement tooth is also made of a resin composite, porcelain or ceramic, and appears like a part of your natural set of teeth. 

Treatment duration:

The entire process of getting implants fitted, from the first consultation to the placement of the replacement tooth or crown, may take at least a few months.

The use of anaesthesia:

The entire procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. There are rare cases when people are allergic to it, and in such cases the dentist should be informed well in advance, and also just before the procedure. The dentist will then opt for a substitute medication.

Pain is only felt after the effect of anaesthesia wears off, and can be managed with the help of prescribed mild painkillers.

Appearance of teeth after the procedure:

Once the treatment is done, the set of teeth looks complete and feels just like natural teeth. It also makes chewing, eating and speaking way more comfortable than before, and your gum structure is also at ease, unlike before.

Durability:

With basic care and consistent oral hygiene routines, implants can last for life. This is because the implant has fused with the jawbone and the materials used are very durable and sturdy. 

Protection of the jawbone:

If a tooth is missing, extracted or falls out, over time the jaw bone in that place starts weakening, which may also reflect in the facial appearance.  The implant protects the density of the jawbone, by providing it with sufficient stimulus to stay healthy.

It also ensures that the adjacent teeth do not weaken due to the missing tooth, preventing further complications. 

Comfortability:

After the implant has been covered with a replacement tooth or crown, the person feels as comfortable as if it were part of their natural set of teeth. Whether it is eating, swallowing or speaking, the ease of functioning improves dramatically.  

The procedure of dental implants may appear nerve-wracking, but the long term benefits far outweigh the discomfort involved. 

Your smile can continue to stay warm, bright and wholesome like always, when you take good care of it. The choice is always in your hands.

To know more about dental implants or seek clarity about your questions, speak to the experts at Apollo Dental. Call: 11111 11111.

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