If you have a missing tooth or would like to replace one, dental implants offer you an awesome option to bring the joy you so desire into your life. There are several reasons dental implants offer a perfect option for tooth replacement, but there are also disadvantages that come with the process.
Once an individual loses a tooth, the alveolar bone that makes the jaw and offers support to the tooth disintegrates over time, thereby affecting the structure of one's face, including joints and muscles of the jaw if one or more teeth are missing. This means remaining teeth are affected negatively and the problem could cause shifting and difficulties having a perfect bite (misalignment of the upper and lower teeth).
The overall effect would be difficult chewing and poor nutrition because the digestion process does not go on as required. Therefore, replacing teeth once a problem is noted is advisable to protect your health from severe effects.
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants, offered by Birchgrove Dental Practice are screws that are made from titanium or other materials that can act as a replacement for human teeth. The replacement process is effected through several steps, which include first anchoring the implant to fit into the jaw bone to make the tooth replacement process a success. Three to six months after the process, the screw should be fully attached to the bone and at this point a reconstruction dentist gets a replacement tooth, which is then attached to a metal post that protrudes from the implant.
One of the benefits that the patient enjoys when he/she installs dental implants is the fact that the implants don't rely on neighbouring teeth to stay attached in place. This separation ensures other teeth are protected from unnecessary interference that could result to damage. Unlike dentures, dental implants ensure that bone loss is avoided since the implant only replaces the tooth up to the root.
Additionally, implants function and look like real teeth and don't produce clicking noises. One speaks and eats without difficulties since the structure of the implant is designed to perfectly assume the shape of the replaced tooth. Those in a good health status are more likely to have success during the process of installing the implants, but this does not automatically preclude the rest from having dental implants.
Most importantly, dental implants don't need special care because they are just like normal teeth. All you need is to clean regularly and ensure you don't bite hard items like opening bottle caps with your teeth. If careful, dental implants will last a lifetime and are as comfortable to have as your teeth.
Disadvantages of dental implants
Although dental implants come with several benefits, there are also downsides of having them. The process of fitting dental implants may be considered safe, but just like any surgery one may face complications like infections and nasal cavity injuries.
If you are not patient, you may find dental implants an unsuitable method of teeth replacement. The process takes up to six months before the implant fuses with the jaw bone. However, during this period you can wear a temporary tooth on top of the implant site.
You also have to consider the cost aspect of getting dental implants. The process is costly and insurance companies don't offer cover for implants. A single implant can cost you several thousand pounds.