There are reports from different news outlets that suggest the average American has lost around 12 teeth by the time they’re 50. To make matters worse, you don’t need to be a qualified family dentist to see that more and more people are getting treatment for caries. When caries is particularly bad, it leads to the extraction of the tooth.
As such tooth loss is always something you worry about- particularly if it’s permanent. You don’t want to walk around with gaps in your mouth, which means finding the ideal solution is a top priority. There are many treatment options out there – including bridges and dentures – but could dental implants be the permanent solution you’re after?
What Are Dental Implants?
Compared to dentures, bridges, and other treatment options, dental implants are reasonably new. The technology isn’t that old, and it’s proven to be a massive hit amongst both dentists and patients. The question is, what exactly are they?
Essentially, a dental implant involves inserting artificial teeth and tooth roots into your mouth. The ‘root’ is a metal post that’s surgically inserted into your jawbone, underneath your gums. They’re fused to the bone itself, which keeps them in place and ensures they don’t move around or wobble.
When the metal tooth root is ready, your dentist can then attach a false tooth to it – this is commonly known as a crown. It’s also possible to attach dentures or bridges to an implant as well.
There are actually two different types of dental implants out there:
- Endosteal Implants
- Subperiosteal Implants
Both of these serve the same purpose, the difference is merely in how they’re fitted in the mouth. Endosteal are the traditional ones where the metal implant is fused into the bone, then another metal post is connected to it. Subperiosteal is where a metal frame is placed below the gums, and the gum heals over it, which fixes the frame to the jawbone.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants for Permanent Tooth Loss?
To look at the benefits of dental implants, we should think about the disadvantages of the other options. With dentures, you have replacement teeth that you have to keep taking out, and you struggle to eat with them. They can rub against your gums, which causes irritation and ulcers. Bridges are equally problematic in that they too can wobble and move around while being hard to eat with.
So, how do dental implants fair compared to the other, more traditional, options? Well, here are the main benefits:
- Can Last A Lifetime: If your dental implants are adequately taken care of, then they can last for the rest of your life. The crown (the false tooth part) can wear down a bit, but these are easily replaced by your dentist, and no surgery is required. The best news is, all you need to look after a dental implant is to practice good oral health!
- Looks & Feels Like A Normal Tooth: A real advantage of dental implants is that they’re almost impossible to tell apart from your regular teeth. When your dentist fits the implant with a crown, they will match it to the color of your other teeth. So, you can feel more confident as nobody will tell that you’ve got a fake tooth.
- Can Eat With Them In: There’s no need for you to take a dental implant out – in fact, you physically can’t do this without surgery! So, this means the crown stays fixed to the implant, allowing you to eat without irritation. Like it mentions above, they feel and work just like your regular teeth.
- Easier To Maintain: This was touched upon in the first point, but dental implants are far easier to maintain than other options like conventional bridges or crowns. Basically, you just need to floss, brush your teeth, and maintain excellent oral hygiene. Regular visits to the family dentist won’t hurt either, and that’s all you have to do.
- No Speech Issues: Arguably one of the most embarrassing aspects of dentures is that they can cause speech problems. It’s common for people to develop lisps when they have false teeth in because of the way they fit. But, with dental implants, you can talk as usual with no speech problems to worry about.
- No Need To Remove Them: That’s right, a dental implant is fused to your bone, and the crown is screwed onto it. So, you don’t have to remove them every night – or whenever you don’t need them in. This does wonders for your self-confidence as you don’t have to carry around a dentures container wherever you go, and you don’t have to embarrassingly pull out your teeth and put them in every day.
All things considered, dental implants are the superior option to other treatments out there. As well as all of the above, they’re just far more comfortable. There are no attachments that rub against your mouth and gums, it’s just a metal post with a crown. You won’t feel any difference compared to your healthy teeth, so it’s easier to get used to as well.
Are Dental Implants a Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss?
The answer is yes, they most certainly are. Dental implants have been a breakthrough in the dental industry for the sole reason that they offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. By fusing the implant into the mouth and using the jawbone to the support the implant, it basically makes it part of your jaw. The unique thing about them is that you get a replacement tooth root as well as a false tooth. This is what makes them so stable and durable, which is why they can last in your mouth for a lifetime.
In conclusion, if you’ve suffered tooth loss due to caries, trauma, or any other reason, then dental implants are perfect for you. They have a huge 95% success rate across the board, and you can get yours from Advanced & Family Dentistry. Call today or complete a form on the website to book an appointment for a dental implant consultation. It just might be the best decision you ever make.