The dental implant represents the best option ever for missing teeth, even if you need to go through a more complex surgical procedure and even if they necessitate a loner healing time. Read below a few of the most important facts about dental implants that you should definitely know about.
The dental implants are designed to permanently replace lost teeth, and they generally come with a lifetime warranty. The main material that dental implants are made of is titanium, and not stainless steel as many believe. Currently, well over 60% of adults between 35 and 44 years of age have lost at least one permanent tooth.
This permanent tooth loss can be caused by a great variety of problems such as accidents, failed root canal treatments or gum & tooth decay. Whatever the reason, dental implants represent the answer.
The dental implant is attached to the jawbone, and allowed to fuse correctly for a few months. When healing time is over, the permanent dental cap (the visible part of the tooth) can be attached. The success rate for dental implant surgery is well over 95%, and today even people without enough jaw bone density can get dental implants, provided they will go through bone grafting.
Just as any other medical surgical procedure, dental implants can lead to complications due to infection, insufficient bone mass or because of faulty (cheap) implants. Sufficient bone mass is very important for the success of dental implant surgery, because when you chew your food, you basically need to apply tremendous forces to perform the task without damaging the teeth, the roots of your teeth or the gums.
The process through which the dental implant fuses with the natural bone is called osseointegration. If the process is successful, you will get teeth that are as strong (even stronger!) than your natural teeth.
Some of the general issues and risks that patients can face right after dental implant surgery may include minor bleeding from the gums, pain that is localized at the site of the dental implant and sometimes bruising or swelling of the gums and the face can occur.
Think of it that getting dental implants equals getting a foreign matter into your system, so it will take some time until your body can get adjusted to the changes.
The condition of your overall health is the best indicator whether you can become a good candidate for dental implants. A poor health, underlying conditions such as diabetes, periodontal disease or osteoporosis may greatly influence the success of the dental implant outcome.
There are some dentists who might perform the “immediate loading” dental implant technique, which means that right after bone grafting the dental cap is placed.
This procedure comes with plenty of risks, because the implant was not allowed to fuse correctly with the jawbone. Incomplete bone fusion can further lead to serious complications.