Our teeth are more than just a simple body part for us. Teeth, which we generally refer to for food grinding, chewing, and all the other roles it has as a part of the digestive system, I am sure all of us know the roles and I don’t need to elaborate on that. These are the primary functions of teeth, no arguments on that, however, our teeth has an influential role in various other aspects of life, mostly in shaping our personality. A good smile acts as a moral booster for us, and as we know a good smile is a result of perfectly fine, beautiful teeth.
A good oral hygiene, we all know the importance of it, however, we all ignore it most of the times. A missing tooth is like a black spot in your image and everyone wants to fix it as soon as possible. So, dental implants are a solution to that.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants, I am sure most of us are aware of the term because in the USA, after understanding the odds, every family has a person who has benefited from dental implants. The removable dentures are a temporary solution, whereas, the dental implants are a permanent solution or replacement of a broken tooth. And it goes without saying that dental implants are expensive if compared to removable dentures.
Dental implants are metal posts or frame (whatever you want to call it) that acts as support for the artificial tooth. Dental implants are fixed in your jaw bone that holds it permanently using surgery, like a natural tooth root. These implants later act as a post on which the replacement tooths are mounted.
Which are the safe dental implant options available?
More often than not, all most of the dental implants practiced are invariably are safe. However, the American Dental Association that governs this sector, approves mostly two types of dental implants to be considered ‘safe’.
- Endosteal Implants: The endosteal implants are directly implanted in the jaw using surgical methods in the first surgery or the first appointment with the doctor. As soon as the area around the jaw and the gum tissue heals, with the help of second surgery, a post is connected to the original implant for support. At the end, depending on the patient, the artificial tooth or teeth is fixed to the post for the final touch.
- Subperiosteal Implants: In subperiosteal implants, a metal frame is implanted in between the jaw bone and the gum tissue. The frame gets permanent over the period of time and starts healing, after which posts are attached to the frame that works as the establishment for the artificial teeth or tooth to be attached with.
Bottom line: Whether or not to go for a dental implant is entirely your choice, but, if you’re planning to see a dental implant clinic, we suggest you find a legitimate dental implant specialist. Not everyone is certified to do the job and it’s not always about the money. Make sure your dental implant specialist is a certified one.