What happens you lose a tooth?
Your ability to chew or bite food reduces. True. But losing a tooth has many more implications. If the area is visible, it will look displeasing when you smile or laugh; the vacant space will cause the other teeth to spread out; and not to mention, it will always feel a little odd.
This is where we talk about dental implants – an artificial tooth that substitutes the original one.
What Are Dental Implants?
When you lose a tooth due to decay or trauma or get a root canal done, there stays a gap in your jaw. This place can be filled in with a prosthetic tooth, called dental implants.
A dental implant is a piece of metal that is surgically implanted in the jaw and is topped with a ceramic tooth that mimics the original tooth in shape, size and colour. Needless to say, each implant has to be customised as per the requirement of each patient.
Ideally, a dental implant will blend with the jaw bone over time and will be permanent unless the jaw faces a trauma or degenerates extremely. It will become indistinguishable from the other teeth.
Who Can Opt For A Dental Implant?
Generally speaking, any healthy person can opt for a dental implant. But if you have a serious chronic disease like Cancer, HIV, arthritis, osteoporosis etc, you will need to discuss your options with your dentist. In addition, if you have lifestyle disorders like diabetes or high blood pressure, let your dentist know so that he can guide you with additional medicines for a brief period of time.
But what counts most in reference to dental implants, is bone density. Bone density is the measurement of the strength of a bone ( in this case, jaw bone). The percentage of various minerals in the jaw bone defines its density.
When an empty jaw area stays idle for a long time, the bone near it, absorbs the minerals from it, leaving it weaker. This is why dentists suggest that you do not wait too long to get a dental implant after a tooth loss.
If you have a low jaw bone density, you may have to opt for a bone graft before you can get a dental implant.
How Can You Benefit From A Dental Implant?
Dental Implant came to the field of dentistry as a revelation. Many discomforts of dental health treats that could come after the loss of a tooth are not applicable when you opt for a dental implant.
Some of the notable benefits of dental implants are:
- It functions just like a natural tooth. You can bite and chew at ease. There is hardly any added restriction on your dietary choices.
- It protects your facial appearance from degrading which can often be seen in old people who have lost a lot of teeth.
- It keeps your smile aesthetically pleasing. The implant resembles the look and colour of the original tooth.
- Dental Implants are a permanent solution for a lost tooth. Unlike dentures and bridges, they do not need any extra maintenance – just treat it like any other tooth.
- Dental implants help the neighbouring teeth from becoming weak or spreading out with visible gaps.
- Dental Implant ensures that your speech is not impaired.
Most importantly, dental implants will get your confidence back which gets a dent as you lose a tooth.
Dental implantation is the best treatment for a lost tooth. But just because the ‘new’ tooth is a prosthetic one, you cannot take it’s hygiene lightly. Take good care of your dental hygiene and Visit a Dentist twice a year to ensure good health of your teeth.
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