The attempts to replace a lost tooth with another one is something known to mankind for a long time. For the last thirty years, lost teeth and their roots can be replaced by dental implants. They are made of Titanium or its alloys and zircons that are built into the bone replacing lost tooth. Therefore, implant takes over the role of the root. They provide a strong and solid foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The final prosthetic can also be either fixed or removable, according to a persons needs.
The success rate of the implants is up to 98%, and it depends on various factors, such as persons general health, the health of the tissues in the mouth, and even on the drugs a person is using. Most people say that the implants integration causes very little discomfort during the procedure, which often involves local anesthesia, while mild soreness after the implantation can be easily treated with pain medications.
Implants are most commonly used to bring back a beautiful smile after the loss of the tooth, and they are also an excellent choice when there are problems with the functionality of the teeth. Other benefits involve improved speech, comfort, easier eating, as well as improved oral health and self-esteem.
How many dental implants will I need
There is basically no limit when it comes to replacing a tooth or a whole set of teeth with implants, but there is no definite answer because each individual is treated separately. You can easily replace a single tooth, as well as all 32 in your mouth. You can also put an arch of teeth on just several implants. There are many options that are offered. For example, if you are missing front two upper teeth, you can replace each one with a separate implant (and a crown). On the other hand, you can also have only three implants to replace all the teeth missing in your lower jaw.
The number of implants necessary depends on a particular anatomy, the opposing teeth and the type of bridge that you want to have placed. If you have some teeth remaining, there may need to be removed before the implant surgery can proceed. The key factors are the quality of the bone and the amount of bone where implants are being placed.
Pros & cons
Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and they are designed to blend with the bones. You have more comfort, because they become a part of you, and there is no stress of having a prosthesis. You can eat with more comfort and you have a much higher self-esteem. The implants can bring you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
In some cases, bones can deteriorate. Even though Titanium is often used because of its compatibility with the bones, sometimes it can have a negative effect on the bone which can lead to the inflammation of the gums. This occurs more often with the smokers, because of their lower circulation of the blood vessels, but early discovery of this problem can easily be treated and solved.
Besides the potential problem, implants are still a very safe and popular surgical component used in dental surgery for tooth replacement. The base of a successful implantation is correct diagnosis and adjusted therapy which can guarantee almost absolute success.