What is dental implant?
A dental implant is like a tooth root of titanium that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that is replacement for missing teeth. In this process the implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant which will hold a dental prosthetic/crown.
Best age for dental implants:
Unfortunately, young patients are not typically good candidates for dental implant treatment. For dental implant treatment to be a success, the jaw must be fully developed. If the jaw grows, or if the bite shifts after dental implants are in place, it could compromise treatment. Each individual develops at a different pace, but a patient generally is not considered an ideal candidate for dental implant treatment until they have reached the age of 18. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis after examining the patient’s bone development.
Advantages of Dental Implants:
Improved appearance: Dental implants look like your own teeth. And because they are replacement with tooth roots, they become permanent.
Improved speech: With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
Improved comfort: Because they become part of your body, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Easier eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat every foods without any pain and confidence.
Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Improved oral health: Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Durability: Implants are very durable. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.