Dental Implant is a surprisingly affordable option to your tooth replacement needs. Periodontal sicknesses, tooth decay, accident or injuries require tooth replacement. Dental Implant is a more recent innovation for tooth replacement but is highly affordable permanent solution to tooth restoration. It is the only restoration option that preserves natural bone.
Dentures provide a great choice due to low upfront cost. However, they require daily removal to soak and brush them which is time consuming hassle. They also require additional expenses of purchasing fixatives or adhesives to keep them in place. Moreover, dentures require replacement every five to fifteen years. They may slip from their position or click when you chew or laugh and thus can be quite embarrassing.
Alternatively, Dental Implant provides a permanent solution to tooth loss and has long term cost savings. It does not require any alteration to existing tooth and won’t influence the neighboring or encompassing teeth.
There are two main types of dental implants. Your Dentist will help you decide your dental implant choice. Implant location, gum and jawbone condition and number of implants required determine the ideal choice.
Types of Dental Implant
- Endosteal Implant: This implant surgically sets in the jawbone and typically looks like a screw. This type of implant is most commonly used and generally made from Titanium.
- Subperiosteal: This implant is put under the gum but on top of the jawbone with the metal structure’s post jutting through the gum to hold the prosthesis.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure takes several months. A screw is inserted into the jaw bone by making an incision on the gum. The insert heals over a period of several months. Temporary crown is provided during this period. An abutment is placed once the insert heals and jaw bone forms around the insert. The abutment forms a base for the permanent restoration crown. The permanent crown once placed basically is your new tooth!
Dental implants are a great choice for tooth replacement due to long term cost effectiveness and affordability. Consult your Dentist and seek proper guidance to determine the best option for your individual requirement for tooth replacement.
Written by: Dr. H. Kaur
Edited by: M. Patel