Loss of teeth or any part of the face or oral cavity can affect both your self-confidence and convenience. Lost teeth may have to be replaced because of the other complications that could arise in your mouth.
For instance, adjacent and opposing teeth may begin to drift to cover the space leading to malocclusion. Also, there could be a case of bone atrophy or bone recession and loss of facial profile.
The use of dental implants for teeth replacement is becoming very popular and offers so many advantages over other traditional ways of teeth replacement such as dentures, crowns and bridges. They are not only durable but also look like real teeth. However, there might be certain risks associated with dental implants. Read on to find out more.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It is made of tiny titanium screws which are inserted into the mandible (jaw bone) which provide base and support to different dental prostheses.
The metal, titanium, is strong, durable and bio-compatible which is why it can fuse directly to the bone in a process known as osseointegration.
With dental implants, you can restore your smile as well as your confidence to speaking and eating. This is because they are designed to look exactly like your natural teeth. They also feel the same way and perform the same function. They are a more durable and preferable option to dentures which will certainly become loose over time and require rebasing or relining.
Parts of a Dental Implant
The natural teeth are made up of the root which extends into the jawbone and is not visible, and the crown the visible section of the teeth covered with the enamel. A dental implant effectively replaces the natural tooth root.
Thus, a dental implant consists of three parts;
The implant device which is inserted into the bone
The visible crown
The abutment which connects the implant device to the overlying crown
The number of implants to be placed in the jaw depends on the number of teeth to be replaced. Implants can be used for single tooth replacement (one-unit) or multiple teeth and even as far as replacing the entire teeth in a jaw. They can also be used to provide support to removable or fixed prostheses.
However, it is important to note that the number of implants and the success of the whole procedure largely depends on the available healthy bone for the implant. Implants inserted in a compromised jaw will fail overtime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
They are Durable: Dental implants are remarkably long-lasting compared to other traditional methods used to replace missing teeth. With proper care, you can enjoy the benefits of your implant for decades without any concerns.
Restores Confidence and Convenience: Dental implants offer a natural look and feel, seamlessly restoring both function and confidence. They restore patients’ confidence to smile, ability to chew, and clear speech. With a dental implant, you can comfortably engage in public activities without concerns about your appearance or the potential for dentures to become loose or fall off.
Improved Facial Features and Preservation of Healthy Bone: Inserting a dental implant means that there will be no need to trim adjacent teeth as is the case in making a bridge. This helps to preserve the natural structure of neighbouring teeth.
Moreover, implants help prevent bone loss, which can lead to a decrease in jawbone height. By evenly distributing the load among your remaining teeth, implants also stimulate the jaw, helping to prevent further bone loss.
Provide Retention for Removable Prosthesis: Implants provide support for a wide range of dental prostheses including removable dentures making them a very versatile option.
Better Success Rate: They have much higher success rates when compared to other teeth replacement options. Improvements in dental implant techniques also lead to improved success rates with little chance of implant failure. The success rate also increases for people who are in good health.
Cavity Resistance: Since implants do not decay like natural teeth, you need not worry about the formation of cavities. This further adds to the durability of implant restorations.
Risks of Dental Implants
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with dental implants although they are quite rare and can be corrected with minimal fuss.
Some of the risks of dental implant restorations are;
Implant site infection
Rejection of implant by the bone
Damage or injury to surrounding oral structures (bone, blood vessels and teeth)
Incorrectly placed implant leading to sinus problems, especially in the maxilla (upper jaw)
To minimise these risks, the procedure has to be carried out by expert surgeons who will also ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid complications.
However, some health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or severe heart problems may undermine the success of the procedure. Therefore, patients who have such medical issues should discuss with their surgeons about their condition and be sure that any risks associated with their dental implant needs are reviewed.
How do I know If I Need Implants?
Scheduling an appointment with your dentist to discuss your teeth’s health status is the best way to know if having an implant is the right option for you. During this appointment, your dental care provider will carefully review your medical history and assess your current oral health status. By doing this, your dentist can provide personalised recommendations for your specific needs.
How long do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care and routine check-ups as advised by your dentist to monitor the health of your implants, dental implants can last up to ten years or more. The same way you care for your natural teeth is the same way you care for your implants. Ensure you maintain good oral hygiene – brushing and flossing.
Have you Suffered Dental Implant Negligence?
If you or your loved one has suffered from negligent dental implant surgery from a private dentist or NHS dental professional, leading to avoidable injury or complications, you may be eligible to make a claim.
To begin your dental negligence claims process, we offer a FREE claim assessment. Upon successful assessment, we will connect you to one of our partnered dental negligence solicitors who would assist with your potential claim.
We are a claims management company and our service to you is completely free. We receive payments from our partnered law firms for our service.
Contact us today 0800 644 4240 for a free dental claim assessment and take the first step towards seeking justice. Alternatively, you can fill out our online free claims assessment form and we will get in touch with you.