Facts about dental implants

 Teeth loss is a very common condition that affects a large number of people. Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, accidents, cancer treatments, and other factors can all contribute to it. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. They clearly outperform other options such as dentures, bridges, and so on. 

Dr. Sudhakar Reddy, chief implantalogist at Dr. Sudhakar Reddy’s Dental Implant Studio in Bengaluru, Karnataka, discusses the top seven fascinating facts about dental implants.

1. No Cavities

Dental implants are artificial teeth that have a titanium root and a crown (visible teeth) made of extremely durable material. This means that these artificial teeth will never develop cavities. “However, the surrounding gums are still prone to diseases, so even after getting dental implants, one should not compromise on oral hygiene,” warns Dr. Reddy.

 Because of a process known as osseointegration, dental implants are far superior to dentures or other methods of tooth replacement. Over time, the titanium root of the dental implant fuses with the jawbone. As a result, dental implants do not require artificial adhesives to stay in place.

2. Getting a dental implant is relatively pain-free

“The fear that getting dental implants will be painful is unfounded because this process is actually less painful than a tooth extraction,” says Dr. Reddy. Pain medications are given both during and after the dental implanting procedure, making the entire procedure painless.

3. Dental implants are indistinguishable from real teeth

Dental implant is actually not a tooth and it’s replica of root which is concealed within the jaw bone. The crown is made of porcelain/ zirconia which mimics outside visible tooth and it can be customized to match adjacent/ rest of the teeth.  Dental implant crowns can be designed in such a way that the distinction between natural teeth and dental implant teeth can only be determined by x ray in most of the cases and not so easily by naked eye ( except in few situations where bone loss is so much that we have to give even artificial gum shade / some full mouth scenarios etc )

4. Prevents bone loss

When teeth are lost for a variety of reasons, bone density decreases over time. This frequently leads to a change in facial structure, which causes wrinkles and sagging around the mouth, making the person appear older than they are. Dental implants can mimic the root of the teeth, preventing bone density loss. Thus, dental implants can help to maintain facial structure by preventing bone loss in the jawbone.

5. Needs proper oral hygiene

Getting a dental implant is not an excuse to neglect your oral hygiene. Although dental implants are artificial and resistant to bacterial infections, the bones and gums that surround them are not. Dr. Reddy advises visiting the dentist at least twice a year to ensure good oral hygiene and the longevity of the dental implants.

6. Improves bite force

People who have lost their teeth are frequently forced to change their diet because they are unable to chew or bite solid foods. Getting a dental implant changes this and allows people to eat solid foods again.

Dental implants can work wonders for people who have lost their teeth. It improves speech, reduces reliance on soft foods, and aids in the maintenance of a normal diet that includes solid foods. Dental implants also boost one’s self-esteem by providing people with a beautiful, healthy smile.

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