The solution is out there
Most people do not understand the daily struggles of those who live with one or more missing teeth. The reason for this, beyond the obvious, is that the majority of people take their teeth for granted and do not appreciate the impact that they have on their daily lives. Those who do not have a full set of teeth often find the most basic of tasks to be a challenge, such as eating simple foods or speaking clearly. Thankfully though, there is now a solution for those who are missing teeth. By speaking to a dentist, patients now have the opportunity to completely turn their lives around – both dentally and socially, and restore their smile through dental implants.
Why are dental implants necessary?
Many of those who are living with a missing tooth – or teeth – are not completely aware of just how detrimental an impact having a space in their jaw can have, in the long run. One of the most impacting effects of an untreated missing tooth is the loss of bone structure around a patient’s jaw and face. This is caused by the lack of stimulation in the bone tissue that surrounds the gap within their jaw. If the bone is left unstimulated for a prolonged period, then eventually the patient’s body redistributes the bone tissue elsewhere. The results of this generally alter the entire facial structure of the patient drastically – usually in such a way that they appear for older than they actually are. Another detrimental effect that having a space in someone’s jaw can produce is the loss of clearly enunciated speech. This can have a lasting impact on the confidence of a patient, and cause them to become far more insular and self-conscious. However, nowadays there are treatments such as dental implants which can fully restore a patient’s smile on a structural basis, and completely revitalise both the way they look, and feel.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants, in their essence, are replacement teeth which are used to bridge gaps inside a patient’s mouth. Implants have evolved from an idea which dates back thousands of years, although it is only recently that modern science and engineering have attained the level of success that is now enjoyed by many patients. Whilst procedures such as dental crowns or bridges act in a way which simply fills in a space where the patient is missing teeth by sitting on their gums, dental implants address the issue at its core.
How do they operate?
Modern dental implants operate by the construction and installation of a false tooth root – that is made out of titanium-alloy. This titanium-alloy root (or socket) is embedded deeply inside the patient’s jaw structure. Because of titanium’s unique ability to fuse itself within human bone tissue, after a brief period of time, the bone and the implant become merged as one. This means that a replica tooth can then be fixed into the artificial titanium root. The results of bridging a gap this way, are that the patient can enjoy a new tooth which is permanently embedded within the bone of their jaw, and as such, just as sturdy or durable as a natural tooth would be.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.