Ditching the Dentures: How Dental Implants Are ‘The New Teeth’

By August 14, 2016 No Comments

One of the worst things about growing old is losing teeth. Not only is it uncomfortable, it is expensive, and the process of receiving crowns, bridges, and eventually dentures is unpleasant. While dentures have improved in the last few decades and have offered some relief after tooth loss, the quality of life of a denture user is still diminished. Many of your favorite foods may be inedible for you in the future, as dentures impact your ability to chew.

For most people, the integrity of the jaw remains sound into senior years. The problem is damage to the teeth and gums over time, primarily through tooth decay and periodontitis. Once the root structure of a tooth has been compromised, there are temporary solutions like crowns to return some function to the tooth, but damaged teeth and occlusions create additional air pockets and gaps in which bacteria thrive, making future infections more likely.
While saving your natural teeth is the most desirable option for long-term wellness, dental implants London… This technology is advancing rapidly and offering more alternatives for seniors and adults who appreciate the utility and convenience that implants offer.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants london are small titanium screws which are inserted into the jawbone, allowing the bone to grow directly against their surfaces to hold them in place. At the top of these posts, replacement teeth are attached for a sturdy, permanent bite. While this is more expensive than dentures, it provides some important health benefits and avoids some of the largest drawbacks of dentures, notably the possibility of having your teeth shift or fall out at problematic times.
What is the Experience Like?
The first step in the dental implant process is using an X-ray of your jaw to calculate the placements and angles for your artificial teeth in order to replicate your natural bite pattern. This is done to ensure that the movement of biting and chewing does not create unusual pressure which could fracture the artificial tooth. A CT scan is also sometimes used to determine the health and density of the jaw bone. A history of fractures, cracks or other instabilities in the jaw structure may prevent an individual from receiving dental implants, although additional preliminary treatment may resolve any lingering problems with the bone.
Next is the placement of the post. Patients can opt to receive the surgery under only a local anesthetic, at least for the replacement of one or two teeth; however, for longer surgeries or for patients who suffer from anxiety around dental procedures, you will likely need general anesthesia. Incisions are created in the gums over the dental implant site, and a channel is drilled into the bone. The post is implanted, and unless you are receiving an accelerated version of the treatment, the gums will be allowed to close over the implant while it integrates with the bone. Generally, most patients who opt for local anesthesia experience the sensation of a light vibration in their mouth, without pain.
In a later procedure, the gums will be reopened, and a small metal abutment will be attached to the post. After the gums heal around the abutment, the tooth can be attached, and your smile is complete. Again, in many cases these steps can be merged for a shorter total treatment time and fewer visits.
Dental Implants Are Not for Everyone
The procedure of implanting new artificial teeth is an invasive one which is accompanied with discomfort during healing. Despite the convenience of dental implants once received, they are not for everyone, and dental implant therapy may not be right for you. Those who probably cannot receive implants include:
Pregnant Women
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not arrange to have dental implants until after the first trimester is past. Many surgeons recommend postponing dental surgery until after delivery, as hormones can impact healing. Additionally, during pregnancy, women are frequently iron and calcium deficient, which can reduce the success rate of the surgical procedure and cause other health complications.
Individuals with Barriers to Post Surgical Maintenance
After surgery, implants london require treatment and follow-up care. Serious infections and health risks can be the result of poor post-operative oral hygiene. Individuals who are unwilling to follow post-operative instructions should reconsider getting dental implants london. Individuals with muscular coordination issues, psychiatric conditions, or severe tooth grinding (bruxism) should also delay dental implants until the complicating medical issues are resolved.
Previously Diagnosed Conditions
Other medical conditions can also interfere with recovery and the chance of implant success, or can themselves be complicated by surgical procedures. Individuals with hyperparathyroidism or leukemia, as well as individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, should avoid having elective surgeries, including dental implants. Certain prescription and therapeutic medications can increase the risk of infection, and a depressed immune system complicates the post-operative healing process.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 500,000 implant procedures are conducted on an annual basis…read more
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