“Life is short. So, smile while you still have teeth.”
With good oral hygiene practices, you can maintain the healthy look of your smile and overall oral health. However, illness and accidents can happen, which can surely take a toll on your dental health.
Losing some teeth may require you to replace them either for cosmetic or practical reasons. In the olden days, dentures were the go-to solution. Today, more and more patients are opting for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
They’re crowns that are affixed permanently to your jaw. Compared with dentures, they’re more stable. They prevent the false teeth to slip out. Thus, there’s no need to use denture adhesive, which doesn’t work most of the time (according to some reviews).
However, dental implants entail lengthy process. Before they’re affixed, your dentist will remove remnants of unhealthy tooth/teeth. Afterwards, a titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone. Titanium is commonly used because of its low rate of rejection. It also bonds well with the bone.
When the inserted screw heals, it’ll function as your artificial root. It has a socket that houses an abutment where the artificial tooth will sit. Essentially, the implant serves as a base for multiple teeth or individual tooth.
You’ll need to wait for a few months before new bone grows around the implant. As the new bone grows, it’ll provide stability and support to the tooth. While waiting for the new bone to grow, dentures are temporarily used. This is especially true if there are numerous teeth to be replaced.
To make sure that your jaw heals effectively, dentists suggest using them sparingly.
Once the healing is completed, artificial teeth are affixed.
These teeth should match the color of your natural teeth or existing teeth. Thus, it’s essential to only go to a dentist that specializes in dental implants to make sure that he’ll manufacture the right artificial tooth. This is to make sure that you’ll get the most natural look.
Will There be a Problem with the bone?
In some cases, patients’ bone can’t support an implant because of a certain dental condition. If this is the case, your dentist will perform a bone graft. This can take another few months before artificial teeth are attached.
What are Mini Implants?
They work the same way as the full-size implants. However, unlike the dental implants, mini implants require smaller screw, which may serve as a bridge. They can also be removed for cleaning purposes. But they offer the same stability as the permanent implant. This means that you won’t face problems for them to be slipping out.
Although they are less invasive than full-size implants, they are not for everyone. But if you’re a good candidate for it, you won’t be visiting your dentist for a few sessions. Some dentists offer the same-day service for mini implants.
Regardless of your case, mini and regular implants are great options to replace any damaged tooth. The best dentist will assess the best method to replace your missing tooth.
If you don’t like facing a problem of choosing between implants and dentures, it’s best to take care of your teeth while you’re still young. You should brush them after every meal and use fluoride-rich toothpaste or perform deep teeth cleaning once or twice a month.