We all have wanted to have that million-dollar smile that could make people look twice, even we don’t have the face that can give models a run for their money. However, there are issues that hinder us from achieving that seemingly pipe dream of a million-dollar smile, and one of the worst of them may be a lost tooth, together with the lost self-esteem. Not everyone can confidently smile with a hole on their smile. Thankfully, there is a great way to patch that rather imperfect smile and have that almost unachievable dream of a picture-perfect smile.
Dental implants have done a great deal of helping patients with lacking teeth in regaining what they had lost. Although there are the commonly used dentures and bridges, they usually come with them warnings of be careful of eating this which is really upsetting in the middle of a buffet. Dental implants eliminate these dietary restrictions and have more to offer.
Dental implants are virtually pieces of metal (don’t worry, they’re virtually safe for use in the mouth) surgically attached to the bone in your jaw, acting as the firm foundation for your replacement teeth. Although there is a slim chance that dental implants are not good for you, you should still check with your dentist if they are safe and appropriate for your condition.
Usually, they check about the condition of the underlying bone on your gums, if it is dense and strong enough to support the implants. Periodontists, experts in the things around your teeth, coordinate with your dentist about this, and if all things are okay, then they proceed with picking what type of implant you can have. There are at least two types of implants you can have.
Endosteal dental implants are the most common implants, where the implants are inserted into the bone itself, directly replicating the form and function of a natural tooth’s root. The implant can take the shape of a screw, cylinder, or plate, and the part that protrudes from the surface serves as the post where replacement teeth are attached.
Subperiosteal dental implants are slightly different from endosteal ones, in that subperiosteal implants are wrapped across the surface of the bone instead of piercing through it. This type is usually recommended for people whose bones cannot fully support the endosteal implants. These implants cover a large area of the bone, so it is also common to use these implants when there are a lot of teeth in the same area to be replaced.
These implants, no matter what the type, require months to be attached; to ensure that the implants will be firmly connected to the bone, the patient will be asked to wait for months for the bone around the implant, and for the meantime, a temporary denture may be used. After the wait, the replacement teeth will be inserted on the protruding posts, completing the process.
Dental implants, although they are virtually artificial teeth, need just as much oral care as natural teeth. Having these implants doesn’t ensure you a perfect oral health status, but instead it’s just a way of starting afresh, giving you a chance to give the care you didn’t give your teeth before.