Dental surgery is not something to enter into lightly. Just like any type of surgery, it’s not without its risks. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to ask questions. Here are five to get you started.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a metal post (the implant), an abutment (a metal extension atop the implant), and a crown (an artificial tooth). Your dental professional places the implant into your jaw where natural teeth are no longer viable. He then attaches the abutment to hold the crown.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants restore your mouth as close to its natural state as possible. In addition, they have the added benefit of being embedded directly into your jawbone. This provides stability and prevents further loss of your jawbone through resorption. Additionally, dental implants are more comfortable and typically have a longer lifespan than other options.
The alternatives to dental implants are bridges and dentures. The most frequent complaint about dentures is that they often slip, causing embarrassing sounds and discomfort. As for bridges, they can require cutting of adjacent healthy teeth. Neither of these options prevents resorption leading to eventual jawbone deterioration.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
The only way to know whether dental implants are the right choice for you is to talk with your dental professional. While they are generally a beneficial choice for those with good general health, they are not right for smokers or those on certain medications.
What Does the Dental Implant Process Involve?
For the most part, there are three steps involved in the dental implant process. First, there’s integration. This involves having a dental surgeon cut into your jawbone to place the implant. As you wait for the jawbone to grow around the implant, your dental professional orders your new tooth (the crown).
Once your mouth heals, your dental professional attaches the abutment to the top of the implant. Finally, your dental professional attaches the crown to the abutment.
Should You Choose All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Unlike traditional implants, the All-on-4 process uses only four specially placed implants. This reduces the cost, healing time, and number of appointments required.
Additionally, not only are All-on-4 dental implants a set of fixed, non-removable teeth that look and feel more natural than other dental prosthetics, they allow you to chew and talk with no discomfort.
Any dental professional will tell you that the best thing you can do for your mouth is to take care of your teeth and gums. However, if you’re missing one or more teeth and are considering dental implants, have a conversation with your dental professional to get all the facts.