Since childhood we get so many instructions like do not eat lots of sweets and chocolates, brush your teeth properly, have fibrous diet, etc. in order to keep our teeth healthy, strong and long lasting. But unfortunately at some stage of life we all have to face the awful problem of teeth loss as it hampers eating as well as our facial esthetics.
So, if we plan to replace our missing teeth we have 3 options, removable teeth (removable dentures), bridges (fixed teeth) and dental implants.
Removable teeth are highly intolerable, they have mobility in mouth, they sometimes come out while talking or laughing creating embarrassing situations for patients.
Bridges are fixed but for fabricating a bridge we have to trim the teeth adjacent to the space created by the missing tooth,so it damages our natural and healthy teeth.
Now we are left with the option of implants.Implants are tooth root like posts that are placed in jaw bones. They serve as tooth root and the crown or the tooth portion that we see in our mouth is fabricate over it.
No replacement is better than our natural teeth. But after losing natural teeth, implants is the best replacement available. Let’s see how––
We all have this query in our mind that the implants are like foreign material in our body and can cause some allergic reaction. But the answer is “No”. The implants don’t cause any allergic or foreign body reaction in our body because they are made of “Titanium”. Titanium is a metal that is completely inert in our body. It is categorized under biocompatible materials. These are the material which do not cause any reaction in our body.
It is a simple procedure performed by your dental surgeon. Generally it is done in 3 stages.
Implant placement: The first stage is surgical. Please don’t get scared with the word “surgical”. Its a very small procedure done under local anesthesia. In this stage, the doctor makes a small cut in your gums and with the help of a drill the implant is placed in your jaw bone. And then the gums are sutured back. After this, the implant is left for 2.5-3 months in the bone untouched. In this rest period the implant osseointegrates (osseo- bone, integrates- fuses) with the bone.
Abutment placement: In this stage, the gums are opened again and a small attachment known as Abutment is screwed over the implant. Then a weeks time is given to gums to settle around the abutment.
Crown placement: In this third and final stage, the impression of the jaw is taken and crown is fabricated over the implant and abutment structure.
So, we got to know that after losing teeth, implants are the best option available for us for replacement of our missing teeth as they restore the form and function of our mouth, restore our looks and smile, do not cause any reaction in our body and they stay with us lifelong.