Dental implants are medical devices that a surgeon inserts into the patient’s jawbone. Typically, a person may need a dental implant to help restore their appearance and ability to chew if they have lost one or more teeth. These dental implants support artificial teeth, including bridges, crowns, or dentures.
When a person encounters tooth loss due to injury or disease, they may suffer from certain complications, including defective speech, rapid bone loss, or changes in chewing pattern, resulting in discomfort. However, getting your missing tooth replaced with a dental implant can significantly improve the patient’s health and overall lifestyle.
Generally, a dental implant system consists of a dental implant abutment and body, and can also have an abutment fixation screw. The dental implant’s body is surgically inserted into the jawbone in place of the tooth’s root. Your dentist attaches this abutment to the implant body by the abutment fixation screw that extends through the gums to the mouth, to support the attached artificial teeth.
Benefits and risks
While dental implants can significantly improve the quality of your life, there may be some complications. These complications can occur soon after the dental implant treatment or much later, resulting in implant failure. This can necessitate another surgical procedure to replace or fix the implant system.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- It restores your chewing ability.
- It restores your cosmetic appearance.
- It prevents your jawbone from shrinking due to bone loss.
- It helps in keeping the adjacent teeth stable.
- It improves your overall confidence and quality of life.
What are the risks associated with dental implants?
- Injury to the surrounding tissues during implant surgery, such as sinus perforation.
- Damage to surrounding teeth during implant placement.
- Inadequate function
- Injury during surgery
- Untreated, periodontal disease
- Post-surgical numbness due to nerve disruptions or impingement.
- Implant body failure (due to systemic infection, local infection in bone and gums, or delayed healing)
- Tooth twisting sensations resulting from a loose abutment screw.
What are the recommendations for patients opting for dental implants?
Listed below are a few factors that you should consider when opting for dental implants:
- Your overall health plays a critical role in deciding whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. This also helps determine how much time you will take to heal and how long the implant will stay in place.
- Consider asking your dentist which model or brand of dental implant they will use for your surgery.
- Smoking affects the healing process and diminishes the long-term success of the implant, so quit smoking for some time until the implant site heals.
- Make sure to follow the oral hygiene and other post-treatment instructions carefully. Regularly clean the implant and surrounding teeth for the long-term success of the implant.
- Schedule regular visits with your dental surgeon.
- If the discomfort continues, consult your dentist at the earliest.
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