Permanent teeth are naturally so strong that they can stay in the places for lifetime. But, there are the factors like tooth decay, gum diseases or severe injuries which make a person lose one or more teeth. Hence, there have to be the alternates to restore smile and other functionalities associated with the complete set of teeth.
When it comes to restoration, dental implantation has turned out to be the better solutions among all the other ones. These implants are long lasting and they mimic the real teeth amazingly. Furthermore, the existence of dental implant doesn’t affect the health of surrounding teeth in any way.
In contrast to the dental bridge, dental implant doesn’t need support of the surrounding teeth. There is no need of alteration of the healthy teeth in order to support the dental implant. Hence, a dental implant can play fair role in completing your natural smile in a way dental bridges cannot.
With that said, there are a few things which may arise in your mind regarding dental implants.
What to expect during dental implant procedure
The procedure starts with the analysis of gum health and the health of jawbone. It would involve radiographs to find out the status of jawbone under the slot emptied due to tooth loss.
For precise planning about implant placement, comes next is the CT scan. After this quick analysis and marking of the exact point for post insertion, the post is inserted into the jawbone.
Then the dentist may suggest you to wait for a couple of weeks in order to let the jawbone heal and fuse with the implant post. The fusion process basically anticipates the implant post and makes it the permanent part of your dental structure.
After the fusion process is complete, an abutment is placed on the top of the post. This abutment acts as a connector which can hold the crown. After the abutment is attached, an impression of the dental structure is taken in order to prepare the crown which would fit in the line of teeth. To ensure that this crown wouldn’t seem artificial, the color, structure and alignment are specifically taken care of.
How long it can last
Dental implants are made to last up to 15 years. During these years, the implant may function even better than natural teeth. However, it can last for a lifetime if you take care of it. You need to stick with good oral hygiene habits if you want this implant to stay and remain functional like natural teeth.
Another factor which plays important role is the location of implant and its role in the bite. If it is at a location which would be used in biting foods more often, it then comes down to the balance of your bite. If that balance is good, the implant will more likely be a success.
Furthermore, it would be worth mentioning the habits and medical conditions which may result in implant failure. These factors include smoking, diabetes and cancer.