Some people have been taking good care of their teeth, with their brushing at least twice a day and their flossing which can apparently add seven years to your life expectancy. They also hold the record for the perfect attendance to the dentist.
However, on the flip side of that seemingly perfect population, there exists the lot of people who have at least one tooth extracted and have this unholy empty space in their teeth continuum. If they’re a bit financially gifted, they might have an option of having dentures and bridges produced to artificially recreate natural teeth. However, these are too loosely attached to the gum itself, and the annoying warning of dietary restrictions makes one regret not taking care of their teeth. But one should also know that there is a better alternative to these.
Dental implants give people who has lost teeth a chance to have new teeth that are as strong as those that naturally grows. These metal implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that is just as strong as the surrounding teeth, eliminating the dietary restrictions that are commonly associated with other method and the chances of having a denture suddenly detached in the midst of the bustles of life.
Dental implants are made closely following the design of natural teeth. Teeth have two parts, the crown and the root, and the dental implants replace the latter part, mimicking its mechanisms and form. There are at least two types of dental implants, and each type is specially created to match the condition of the underlying bone, where it will be attached.
Endosteal dental implants are the most common type of implants. The word endosteal literally means “within the bone,” so these implants are pierced to the bone in the jaw, looking very much like the roots of natural teeth. Usually, the implant that goes inside the bone takes the shape of either a screw, cylinder, or plate, depending on the condition of the bone. Before attaching the actual replacement tooth, the implant goes through osseointegration, a process in which the bone around the implant heals and integrates the implant to itself, ensuring a firm hold. This can take several months, and after which, the replacement tooth is then added, inserted in a part of the implant that protrudes through the surface of the gum.
Subperiosteal dental implants, on the other hand, are recommended to people whose jawbones cannot properly support endosteal implants. The main difference between these two types is that instead of piercing the bone, subperiosteal implants have a metal framework that sort of wraps on the surface of the bone, and these implants are usually spread on a large area, best for use in people who needs multiple replacement teeth.
Dental implants have changed the lives of people who have been affected by oral problems. They have given hope to these people and the chance to regain the radiant smiles they have lost due to these problems. But even if this treatment exists, we should still be taking care of our natural teeth so that they will last long.