All About Dental Implants

By: Ashley Walker

Published: 08/18/2016 

grandma-2198060_1920.jpgThere are many speculations about the dental implant procedure that keep some people from getting the treatment they need. There are many misconceptions about the feel of implants in the mouth, the continuous taste of metal, and the discomfort that comes with dental implants. While there is a lot of proof that dental implants are the more natural treatment, many patients find themselves concerned with the overall dental implant procedure and look.

 


What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support, they are permanent and stable. Implants look and feel like natural teeth making it the ideal replacement.

Why dental implants?

Though some may feel being able to take out their teeth at night is a good option, dental implants are the best solution to replicate natural teeth. Dental implants are placed into the bone under the gums and are stabilized to ensure the success of their implants and the prevention of bone resorption. Many individuals fear feeling pain while the implant is being placed inside the bone; however, patients have testified that while asleep during the procedure, you feel no pain.

Will there be pain after the surgery?

After any major procedure, there is always a chance of discomfort. You may feel some discomfort during the healing process, but no major pain. The bone is not quite sensitive to pressure and pain, so with anesthesia the dental implant procedure can be done without pain.

So what do dental implants feel like? Will you be able to taste the metal?

Though there is metal implanted into your bone, there will not be a lingering taste of metal in your mouth. Some patients have stated that there is a slight strange sensation after the implants have been put in and the first few attempts to eat. During the healing process, you will become accustomed to having your new smile, and will feel more adjusted. At this point you will notice just how much your dental implants feel like your natural teeth. 

What are the benefits of dental implants over dentures?

  1. Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They’re designed to fuse with the bone and are permanent.                                                                                                             
  2. Improved Speech: Dentures can slip in your mouth causing you to mumble your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry of sounding jumbled.                
  3. Improved Comfort: They are a part of you; implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.  
  4. Eating is No Longer a Challenge: When dentures slide they make it impossible to eat. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  5. Improved self-esteem: Dental implants provide you with a winning smile and improved confidence.
  6. Improved oral health: Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, so more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  7. Durability: In the months following surgery, the implant will fuse to the gums becoming a permanent fixture in your mouth, unlike dentures. A titanium screw mimics your natural tooth root providing strength and stability.
  8. Convenience: Dentures are removable, but what a hassle. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Here's some helpful vocabulary!

  • Bone Resorption: Bone resorption is the loss of bone near the jawline. With every tooth that decay’s or falls out, there is a greater chance of experiencing bone loss.
  • Prosthodontist: A prosthodontist is a doctor that specializes in the practice of restoring broken teeth, dental implants, and dental cosmetics.
  • Financing: A third party company that provides funds for your teeth.  With this process you will pay a monthly fee to the third party company making your implant procedure more affordable.
  • Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease is a gum disease that can range in severity. From inflamed gums to the damage of tissue and bone, teeth can become brittle and fall out if you find yourself suffering with this disease.
  • Dental Implant:  Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures and bridges. With dental implants, the implant is placed into the bone socket. The implant that is used in the bone is typically a screw that is created with titanium. After the jawbone grows around the implant and the gums are no longer sensitive, the dentist places a connector post that will stabilize the crown. The material of a crown (artificial tooth), is typically created from resin and porcelain.

 

If you’re considering dental implants, which have a 98% success rate, contact EON Clinics at 312-337-5868