Replacing missing teeth is mostly associated with wearing removable dentures; but this practice is steadily becoming obsolete. Dentures, or frames of artificial teeth which you can remove will have a number of associated problems. For one, cleaning and maintaining dentures can be a problem. The need to remove them before you sleep, and problems when chewing certain food makes the plated dentures a rather troublesome solution for missing teeth. Instead, dentists these days suggest that a patient undergoes a permanent procedure of getting a fixed dental implants which are entirely hassle free. Permanent implants allow a person to retain their natural bite power, which isn’t possible with removable bridges or dentures.
While people may think that a surgical solution for missing teeth is a rather unwelcomed thought; the latest techniques and advancements in dental medicine has actually simplified the process. Permanent dental implants not only looks great on a person, but are completely hassle free. Generally, such implants involve a two step procedure; and the new fixed artificial teeth are especially designed to look natural, and are completely functional.
There are generally two types of dental implants that dentists suggest for patients –
(a) Endosteal Implants – This process involves fixing titanium screws, cylinders, or plates directly into the jawbone and the procedure may leave you sore for a day or two. Afterwards, a post is attached to the implanted base, and the artificial tooth (or teeth) are then attached on the permanent post. This is the most common type of dental implants used in the world, and it is perhaps the best way to get your natural bite back if you have lost your teeth.
(b) Subperiosteal Implants – When a person has a weaker jawbone, or there are complications that do not allow any intrusion into the bone; superiosteal implants are used. Children requiring permanent dental implants often undergo this procedure, since their jawbones aren’t completely mature. These are fixed on the gums, just above the bone tissue, but the rest of the procedure is similar to endosteal implants, with a little lesser recovery time needed.
The latest dental implants used today all involve high grade titanium screws, and specially crafted porcelain caps. These materials have almost no chance of rejection from the body, and cannot cause any infection. The porcelain caps are especially crafted by the dentist to look and feel exactly like a natural teeth. If you find the right dentist, such procedures will be almost painless, and a permanent solution to any lost or damaged teeth!