Dental health has evolved from an ordinary morning routine in our bathrooms to important regular visits to the dentist. Dental health is the overall well-being of the mouth, and in recent times its importance has grown undeniably.
Despite the various habits, products and time spent on our teeth, tooth loss is now more common than ever. General causes of tooth loss include old age, injury or bad oral hygiene. Thankfully, technology has also evolved alongside in the dental industry. People now have solutions to tooth loss and decay.
One of these solutions is dental implants. A dental implant tooth is a replacement tooth, comprising a titanium tooth root and an artificial crown. Dental implants have a success rate of 98%, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. The advent of dental implant provides a variety of solutions to almost all dental problems. With a dental implant tooth, you get the following benefits;
√ A long-term, cost-effective solution. Other options like dental bridges and dentures need to be replaced from time to time and in the long run, last only a few years. But a dental implant tooth would only require periodic adjustment, hence can last a lifetime. When both costs are compared, having a couple of teeth or tooth implanted is much cheaper.
√ It feels naturally part of your mouth
√ It protects your healthy bone by preventing further deterioration and bone loss.
√ It closes that embarrassing gap in your dentition leaving you beautiful and confident again.
√ It retains your face structure.
√ You retain your ability to speak normally.
√ You can eat your favorite foods, with no worries.
Dental implant tooth is right for only those with healthy gums and sufficient bone structure. A proper medical evaluation must be carried out to determine if a tooth implant is right for you.
Structure and placement of a dental implant tooth
A dental implant tooth is made of a titanium screw or cylinder. The screw is between 8 to 16mm long and is lodged into a bony socket. The socket would have earlier been prepared; drilled open and cleaned. An attachment called the abutment is placed on the emerging top of the root, and it carries a connecting rod on which the crown is attached.
After the tooth has been securely attached, a healing process begins in which the surrounding bone fuses with the titanium surface of the implant. This process is called osseointegration.
The healing process after a tooth implant can take up to 6 months. When this is complete, the implant is completely stable and ready to function. This implant tooth with all its features serves efficiently and in all capacity as a real bone formed tooth.