Losing a tooth does more than just take away your smile and confidence. It leads to poor eating habits since you lose your ability to chew food properly. That’s not all. Losing a tooth can cause a sagging face, loss of speech eloquence, and other dental problems such as bone deterioration.
If you have missing teeth, you don’t have to go through all these troubles. Dental implants offer an excellent solution for missing teeth. They offer you a complete tooth restoration that can last for a lifetime.
Dental implants are fake or artificial teeth that are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dental dentures and bridges, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone, making them very stable.
In fact, implants assume the functions and performance of your lost tooth. They restore your bite function, speech eloquence, and facial appearance. They also prevent the surrounding teeth from moving out of position and restore stimulation in the jawbone, preventing bone loss.
If you’re considering dental implants, you have two main options to choose from:
These are the most popular type of tooth implants. Most endosteal implants are crafted from titanium and mimic small screws. Your dentist will use the shape that’s right for your dental condition. Generally, endosteal implants are safe, very effective, and successful. Here is what to expect during the implant surgery:
Since the procedure involves implanting an artificial tooth into the jawbone, it may take time for the surrounding tissue and bone to heal. You may experience a little discomfort or pain around the surgical area for a few days.
Once the dental implant site has healed, it will feel like your natural teeth. Generally, endosteal implants are very stable and offer natural-feeling and looking results. They are also very long-lasting.
If you still want to undergo this procedure but don’t have enough jawbone, your dentist may recommend undergoing a bone augmentation procedure to restore the lost bone mass.
These implant types are ideal if you don’t have enough jawbone or have a narrow jawbone ridge but don’t want to go through bone grafting or augmentation. Subperiosteal implants are implanted under the gum tissue, either on or above the jawbone.
These procedures are rare, and they don’t offer as much stability and strength as endosteal implants. Receiving subperiosteal implants typically involves two surgical procedures:
Both endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants are performed under local anesthetic. The success rate of these implants varies from one person to the other.
After either procedure, your dentist will prescribe some painkillers to manage any pain or discomfort you may experience. They may also prescribe some antibiotics to prevent infections.
Call or visit your dentist immediately if you experience any persistent complications such as severe pain, bleeding, and infection.