A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing.
The benefits of implant:
Dental implant treatment is an excellent option for tooth replacement because they replace the tooth as well as the root, providing support and stability. Your teeth affect not only the way you look and eat, but also the way you speak. Because they are attached to the jawbone, dental implants don’t move around, which can affect the way you normally eat and talk. They also look and act like your existing teeth, preventing tooth replacement from disrupting your everyday life. In addition to being the most natural way to replace your teeth, they are the most permanent and can last for your entire lifetime.
Who is suitable for implant treatment?
Most people can have dental implants, provided they have a healthy mouth and good general health. Tooth implants are not normally offered to young people whose jaws are still growing. Smoking and drinking alcohol can increase the risk of implant failure. There are also a number of medical conditions which can give an increased risk.
Implant dentist will assess your needs before deciding upon the most appropriate implant for you. He or she will look at your lifestyle as well as your dental and general health in order to determine your suitability and whether there are likely to be any problems with this treatment.
What will influence his/her decision is bone density and volume in your jaw. There needs to be a sufficient amount of bone tissue in the jaw in order to support the implant and crown. A decrease in bone density means a thinner, weaker jawbone which will be unable to hold the implant in place leading to a risk of failure.
But if you have experienced bone loss due to a missing tooth then there is the option of a bone graft which will enable you to have an implant. X-rays and a CT scan will determine the volume of bone tissue available and the most suitable type of bone graft.