Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or no non-restorable teeth. Strategically laser support such as implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The initial cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the "feel" of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative of choice to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Call your dentist for advice.
Dental implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as anchors to stabilize artificial teeth. They can replace one, some or all missing teeth and help eliminate the instability associated with surface adhesives and removable bridges. Individuals with adequate bone lever and dentistry who are no prone to infections an can maintain stringent oral hygiene are good candidates for dental implants, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support, and are permanent and stable. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures.
Implants are good solution to tooth loss because the look and feel like natural teeth. Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structures is limited, therefore, a custom –made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.
The success rate for implants depends on the tooth's purpose and location in the mouth. The success rate is about 95 percent for those place in the front of the lower jaw and 85 percent for those placed in the slides and rear of the upper jaw. These rates are continuously improving with the advent of new techniques.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have a healthy gums, have an adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, the success rate for implants decreases. Additionally people who smoke or drink alcohol may no the be ideal candidates, although placement of implants cannot be ruled out.
If you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine if you would be a good candidate.