Dental implants

The artificial tooth root, which is often used to support tooth restorations, in order to resemble an actual tooth root is called a dental implant in medical terms. In the modern world dental implants are often placed directly into the bone and resemble the actual tooth root. The dental implants enable people who have lost their teeth to eat and talk like a normal person. Dental implants are the preferred mode of treatment compared to traditional dentures. Generally following dental implants, patience patients can restore the full functionality of their teeth.

The entire process of dental implants might take a patient to consult a dentist over a considerable amount of time. Generally the procedure includes drilling small holes into the jaw and titanium screws inserted into it. After the titanium screw has been placed inside for a few months, new bones grow around it and gets fixated into the jaw. A new artificial tooth can now be placed onto the screw permanently and can function just like a natural tooth. Although the success rates of dental implants are very high, occasionally problem arises. It has been reported that five out of hundred dental implants might result in a lower jaw fail while approximately 10% of the fails occur in the upper jobs. Smokers have higher risk of dental implant failure and dentists generally recommend them to quit smoking months before the dental implant operation. Inappropriate dental hygiene might also cause significant adversity to a successful dental implant operation.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to patients who have all their teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants do not require periodical consultations to the dentists while also eradicates the necessity of periodical refinement. Dental implants does not create any cavities however, dental hygiene must be maintained in order to prevent gum diseases which might be an aftermath of the operation. The main purpose of dental implants is generally to mimic the natural teeth as closely as possible both in terms of functions and appearance. Because of the permanently secured titanium screw and the bone mass that grows around it, dental implants result in a very durable and almost indistinguishable artificial tooth which functions exactly like a natural one. The implanted posts might also be used to provide support to the caps or crowns to a natural teeth were even to increase the overall stability of traditional dentures.

There are several types of dental implants, root form being the most common type. As discussed before, these types of dental implants uses a titanium screw to be permanently fixed into the jaw bones. Although most of the times these are used as the base for an artificial tape, they are sometimes used as posts to support traditional dentures. There are also plate form implants, which are generally thing and long, and sometimes is put into use when the jawbone was a too narrow to successfully hold titanium posts permanently. In more advanced scenarios, sub periosteal implants might be used which lies over the jaws – and the entire necessity for drilling is eradicated. However, although it sounds less drastic sub periosteal implants generally requires multiple surgeries to be successfully put into place.

Mini implants costs around $1000 which are like transitional implants meant to support traditional dentures. Dental implants might go up to $4000 when complex surgeries and overall consultation charges are taken into account. Typical dental implants might cost in the range of $1800-$2500 and the number of consultations, the length of surgeries and the particular consultation charges of the respective dentists will generally determine the overall extent of the expenses involved.

Last updated on Mar 11th, 2011 and filed under Dental Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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