What are dental implants?
Dental implants simply take the place of natural teeth. Sometimes teeth fall out, earlier in life or later, just depending upon luck, genetics, and general health. Accidents, gum disease, and tooth decay are the most likely culprits that necessitate dental implants.
Yes, a dentist may still make a mold and subsequent dentures. Though, the truth is that dentures can be tricky and painful to wear, use, and properly clean. Keeping them fitted without the pain and agony of dentures digging into the membranes of the mouth is hard enough. This pain and the maintenance makes people more likely to go out without their dentures inside their mouth.
Paying extra and being fitted with the necessary hardware for dental implants is well worth it for those who can make the financial investment and time commitment for initial surgeries. These devices allow people to regain many features of original adult teeth that dentures wearers have to give up in adopting dentures. For one, it is much easier to eat with implants than with dentures. Dentures may shift and do not always fit well. It is not necessarily the fault of anyone, including the dentist when comfort becomes an issue.
In addition to increasing the comfort level of the mouth, implants afford the wearers other benefits over dentures. The natural look of implants, wear-ability, and utility make them a great asset for the wearer. It increases the confidence of anyone who has ever had to live even one day with even one tooth missing. Embarrassment may not be the wearer’s natural state, but people do point out flaws, especially with regard to the mouth. People also tend to judge those who may be missing teeth or whose teeth are obviously in poor health. It is unfortunate and unfair, but implants remedy and cease words of those who speak ill of anyone missing teeth.
Beyond providing social comfort as well, the implants improve overall health in the mouth. The reason for this is that more of the natural adult teeth are retained when implants are installed as compared with other devices, such as crowns and bridges. The expense of implants can be rather costly, though they are treated more as fixtures.
Such items are surgically installed with something of a base unit. The base may include a screw on it. From there, a top is screwed onto the post. This ensures that the implants are tightly secured into place. This allows for a longer life of the implants as well. Keeping gums healthy is the aim of anyone who would like to get implants instead of dentures. The gums will need to be healthy enough to hold the implant posts in place. Any dentist will be able to weigh in on the options available to the individual.
Getting a second opinion, or having evaluations with different dentists may prove particularly rewarding. The reason is not only from a cost standpoint. Sure, some doctors charge more or less than others, and it is beneficial money wise to not overpay for health products. Though, the other benefit may be that some dentists are aware and adept at performing other services, and offering other products that may suit the individual best.