Dental Implants

Michael Lambert, DMD / Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Over the years, dental implants have become a very common dental practice. They can be carried out by any dentist or oral surgeon, and are usually done to replace missing or damaged tooth roots. The dental and oral care sectors have seen remarkable progress and drastic changes over the course of the past decade or so. Even still, millions and millions of people are suffering from tooth loss because of one reason or another.

Most of the usual reasons for tooth loss include injury, tooth decay, infection and disease. Bridges and dentures were the only options for patients with missing teeth until a few years ago. But now, there is a new option—dental implants.

What are dental implants and what makes them the better choice?

Dental implants are quite simply replacement tooth roots. They act as foundations to teeth which can be permanent or removable, depending on your requirement.

The factors that make implants a more attractive choice when compared to bridges and crowns are:

Better appearance: Dental implants, for all intents and purposes, look and feel just like your own teeth. Moreover, they become permanent overtime as they are designed to fuse with bone matter.

Improved speech: Traditional dentures, which are not properly fitted, can make it difficult to speak, making you mumble or slur. Dental implants, on the other hand, allow you to speak without worrying that your tongue might slip between your teeth.

Comfort: Implants become part of your body, overtime. This eliminates the discomfort you could experience because of dentures or crowns.

Easier eating: Traditional sliding dentures make chewing a very uncomfortable task. Deviating from the norm, dental implants work like your natural teeth and make eating easier and more comfortable for you.

Durability: Dental implants have a very long lifetime. In fact, if good care is taken, they can last you your whole life.

Who can get dental implants and what kind of success rate are we looking at?

Generally speaking, if your dentist clears you for a dental extraction, you can get implants done as a follow up. Just discuss the issue with your dental practitioner to determine whether or not you can get implants. Dental implants have a very high success rate.