Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials as such titanium. They are surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a sturdy foundation for installing replacement teeth or for dental rehabilitation. Once the implants integrate with the jawbone, they become a permanent, durable solution for replacing missing teeth.
Unlike dentures, which are removable appliances that rest on the gums, or dentures, which rely on neighboring teeth for support and may require altering them, dental implants are securely anchored into the jawbone, making them a more stable and natural-looking option. They stand alone and do not compromise the integrity of surrounding teeth.
Most people with good oral health and sufficient jawbone density can be considered suitable candidates for dental implants. A thorough examination by a qualified dentist or oral surgeon is needed to determine if you have the right conditions for the implant procedure.
Adequate jawbone size and density are crucial for supporting the implant. If a patient’s jawbone size is insufficient, bone grafting may be considered for strengthening the area before implant surgery.
One of the most critical factors affecting dental health is smoking, which significantly threatens the success of implants and other soft-tissue procedures. Smoking impairs the healing process and increases the risk of infection, leading to a higher implant failure rate. We strongly advise patients who smoke to quit before undergoing implant surgery, in order to improve the chances of successful integration.
The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring little to no pain. Mild discomfort may occur post-surgery, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers, and will pass in a week or so. Patients typically report that the discomfort is far less than expected.
In most cases, given proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last 15-30 years. Regular oral hygiene, routine dental checkups, balanced medical conditions, and a healthy lifestyle can significantly extend the implant lifespan.
Like any surgical procedure, dental implant placement carries some risks. However, complications are rare and can be minimized by choosing a skilled and experienced dental professional. Potential risks include infection, nerve damage, and implant failure, but these are relatively uncommon.
Dental implants offer a transformative solution for people seeking permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement. By understanding the essentials of dental implants, you can make an informed decision on whether this advanced treatment is right for you.
If you are considering dental implants, we highly recommend that you consult a qualified dental professional to determine the best course of action for you. With the help of the right implant, a healthy, confident smile is well within reach for you.