If you have lost teeth due to trauma or decay, you may be considering dental implants to restore your smile. Dental implants are the most effective and stable way to replace missing teeth, but to ensure you are making the right decision for your oral health, here are some interesting facts about dental implants, how dental implants are done, and what can affect the dental implant cost.
Dental implants are not a new technology
Although dentists now use the latest technology and materials to place dental implants, replacing teeth is an ancient practice that has been used across a wide range of cultures from ancient Chinese doctors who replaced teeth with bamboo to Mayans who used pieces of a seashell to create artificial teeth.
Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option
Dental implants aren’t the only option for replacing missing teeth. Dentures and dental bridges are also effective tooth restoration treatments. However, dental implants are the only procedure than lasts more than 20 years due to the strength of the materials used and the unique embedding process.
Dental implants use a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed into your jawbone for added stability. This means you gain full function from your tooth replacement, and the implant can withstand the repeated force of chewing and biting, unlike removable dentures and a dental bridge.
The longevity and durability of dental implants are the reason why dental implants cost more initially than other restorative dentistry options. However, those same reasons are why dental implants save you money on your oral health long-term.
You can get dental implants at any age
Despite the tooth replacement typically being associated with seniors, dental implants are designed to replace any missing permanent tooth, which means that with the exception of children whose jaws have not fully developed, dental implants can be used by patients young and old.
Dental implants become part of your body
Dental implants consist of a titanium post, abutment, and artificial crown. Titanium is used because it is biocompatible with your body. The post fuses with your jawbone and soft tissue to create a stable foundation to support the abutment and crown.
Dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay
As the abutment and crown are made from artificial materials, they cannot become decayed. However, without proper care, they may get chipped or cracked over time. You should also take care to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine to protect your remaining natural teeth.
Implants improve your jaw strength
Not replacing missing teeth can lead to a variety of negative oral health issues, from misalignment to jaw deterioration. Unlike most tooth replacement options, dental implants can actually improve the density and strength of your jawbone to improve your overall oral health.
The titanium post encourages a process called osseointegration, which is when the bone tissue regenerates. Patients with severely deteriorated jawbone tissue may need to undergo additional surgeries such as a bone graft or sinus lift to regenerate the jawbone before embedding the implant. But once the implant is placed in the newly restored jawbone, it functions as a tooth root to stabilise the jaw. Patients should be aware that additional surgeries can add to the overall dental implant cost.
Dental implants are a worthwhile investment in the health and appearance of your smile. If you need to replace a missing tooth or are wondering about dental implant cost, contact Digital Dental Implant Institute on (02) 4058 2836 to find out more about the implant technology and treatments we have available.