A dental implant functions like natural teeth, thereby improving the patient’s confidence, quality of life and aesthetic. Benefits that come with dental implants or dentures (aesthetic benefits, among others) include the following:
Enhance the structural integrity of the face: The teeth are the typical foundation that holds your cheek in place; hence the loss of several teeth would alter the uprightness of the cheek and lead to its collapse. The collapsing of the cheek is due to the loss of jawbone materials when one loses his teeth. However, dental implant treatment will restore the once lost facial features caused by the loss of teeth. This is one of the biggest aesthetic benefits.
Prevent bone loss: The underlying bone that holds the teeth in place deteriorates gradually within a few days after you lose your teeth. The loss of jawbone can be further accelerated by dentures rubbing against the bone; on the contrary, dental implants would provide an allied tooth root to forestall the loss of jawbone by transmitting the force from chewing to the jawbone in a natural way.
Improve articulation: Articulation is the clarity and quality of speech that is influenced by the movement of the mouth, but unlike dentures that may slip out of one’s mouth at ad hoc moments because they were not installed properly, dental implants will forestall such embarrassment because they don’t fall off.
Improves appearance: There is always some sort of embarrassment that people who have lost their teeth experience when it comes to speaking to guests, laughing, and doing anything that involves the opening of the mouth. Dental implants are similar to natural teeth in almost all ramifications (and this is one of their aesthetic benefits); hence they will forestall the shyness and embarrassment in the opening of one’s mouth when conversing or laughing without anyone noticing the counterfeit property of your teeth.
You are eligible to achieve several other incredible benefits apart from those listed above that come from artificial teeth that function exactly like the natural ones you lost due to a variety of dental abnormalities such as accidents, gum disease and eroded enamel. There are two materials that make up a dental implant.
Biocompatible metals: The biocompatible metals that can be used for dental implants are Titanium, Zirconia and Roxolid.
Titanium: Titanium is a biocompatible metal used for dental implants because it is not toxic and can not be seen as a foreign agent by the body. Because of these properties, it has been seen to bond very well with living bones via the process known as osseointegration. However, Medical personnel use Titanium for other medical purposes such as surgical implementation, in the replacement of joints and a variety of medical areas where high strength and low weight are required.
Titanium-Zirconium alloy: Titanium-Zirconium alloy combines the properties of both Titanium and Zirconia, which makes it more durable with greater osseointegration properties than pure Titanium.
Ceramic: Ceramic-made dental implants are reserved for those interested in metal-free alternatives over Titanium or Roxolid.
There are several options or factors you will have to consider before the restoration of the artificial teeth by the dentist. They include:
– Choosing between conventional prosthesis or implant solution
– Removable dentures or fixed prostheses
If you want to restore one or more teeth, you will be provided with the option of choosing between conventional prosthesis or implant, which has to do with the filling of the teeth root or bridge either with grounded bones or not.
Conventional prosthesis: In the restoration of one or more teeth, a conventional prosthesis involves the application of grounded teeth to fix the bridge in place. However, this process leads to the deterioration of bone because the forces that evolve from chewing or mastication will not be conveyed to the jawbone.
Implant solution: Dental implants replace the teeth root without the need for grounding neighbouring teeth to fill the teeth root, which thereby supports the newly restored teeth. Hence, transmitting mastication or chewing forces to the jawbone without causing mishaps to the bone.
Removable dentures or fixed prostheses: This is also another option that you will need to consider after deciding between conventional prosthesis or implant solution before the restoration of one or more teeth.
Removable dentures: Removable dentures are easy to remove primarily for everyday oral hygiene. The removable kind of implant-supported dentures is better than the conventional ones with respect to stability. The implant is the anchor that securely holds the elements that are attached to the dentures, although there are several types of retention to suit the requirement of different individuals.
Fixed prostheses: They are fixed and can only be removed by the dentist via surgical means. This method may be used for the replacement of teeth either from the upper or lower jaw with a full-arch dental bridge that is supported by four or more dental implants to keep in place.
After the implant is securely attached to the jawbone, you will have to wait for at least six weeks to a month for total healing; however, the healing phase may require more than that time limit depending on the health conditions of the individual. Once healed, the implant will be bonded to the body and begin to function like natural teeth. However, it needs regular hygienic check-ups and maintenance, just like the natural teeth for proper and effective functioning. This will also ensure that you are satisfied with the aesthetic benefits.
Dental implants may be quite expensive depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the cost of materials, and associated procedures (such as bone extraction and bone graft). But the aesthetic benefits that come from dental implants, such as the enhancement of facial features, and the improvement of appearance that boost confidence and forestalls the embarrassment experienced by those with incomplete teeth, supersedes its cost.