What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a titanium screw that acts as an artificial root. This titanium screw is screwed into the jaw bone via an operation. When the dental implant is in the jaw leg, it will heal in peace and quiet. After insertion, it is time to mount the teeth to regain its chewing function. More information can be found below through the headings.
Improved chewing function with implant
Patients get rid of their loose teeth replaced with new dental implants firmly anchored in the jawbone. The implant with the fixed teeth helps the patient to break down the food better, thus enabling more nutrition. In all these years, dental implants have been manufactured in titanium where the surface has been treated differently for the best learning ability. There are new implants that are currently being developed using a kind of porcelain to improve the aesthetics.
Dental implants are made in titanium.
Titan is the material implant is made of and it is very biocompatible, which means that the body does not react negatively to the titanium in dental implants. Per Ingvar Brånemark was the person who discovered that this amazing material could heal into the bone and the soft tissue. The process that occurs when the bone heals around the dental implant is called osseointegration and takes about 6-12 weeks.
Regular visits to the dentist are necessary after treatment with dental implants
Many patients think that you will never have to visit a dentist once you have finished treatment with dental implants. This is so far from the truth you can come. The dental implants and the structure contained in the oral cavity need to be maintained regularly. You use the new teeth and dental implants daily, which means that you wear the different parts of the structure. The components may break, which means that some parts must be replaced at regular intervals and the area around the implants needs to be kept clean by the patient who sometimes needs the help of a dental hygienist. In the worst case, dental loss may occur if you abuse oral hygiene and do not regularly visit the dentist.
An implant consists of a titanium screw that acts as a root, a distance that is screwed into the implant, and a crown that is visible in the oral cavity in the form of a tooth and stuck to the distance by sticking or screwing.
The teeth and jawbone support the soft tissue
Teeth exposed to pressure or other forces stimulate the bone to regenerate and regenerate the tissue. When a patient loses an individual, several or all of the teeth, there is nothing left that stimulates the jawbone to regenerate in the current area. If you go for too long without teeth, the jawbone begins to disappear (resorbed) and the face and lips sink in, leading to the appearance of older ones. The jaw and teeth function as a support for the soft tissue. The teeth also have the task of maintaining the height of the face. When you lose teeth, the height of height decreases and your face drops.
Why treat dental implants?
When undergoing implant treatment, the goal is to try to copy what nature once created, ie replace lost teeth, restore chewing function, and improve patient aesthetics. Some patients may also experience initial problems with the implants by pronouncing some sound errors, dry mouth, increased salivary secretion and biting themselves in the cheek and tongue. You have to learn to use the new implant teeth, but after a while they feel completely natural and you use them without any problems. It may take up to 6 months for a patient to get used to new conditions in the oral cavity. Often it is also difficult to see the difference between the new teeth and natural teeth as the goal is to get as natural teeth as possible.
Benefits of dental implants
- The treatment has a high implant rate
- Treatment with implants is well documented
- You will keep your toothed substance. Healthy teeth are not sanded off during dental implant treatment
- Implants are stuck in the leg, which makes the structure stuck just like any other teeth.
- Implant teeth look like natural teeth.
- You do not have to worry about the dentures that are removable.
- It is easier to eat and chew solid foods.
- Improved quality of life with dental implants.
Disadvantages of dental implants
- Implants can be dental just like normal teeth. This is called periimplantite
- There are restrictions on operating an implant. The dental implant is of a certain size and requires a certain amount of legs on the height and width of the jawbone to be able to operate the screw
- The treatment lasts longer because dental implants must heal the leg. The healing time is individual and depends on different factors.
- Smoking worsens the prognosis, patients who smoke have a lot easier to lose their dental implants through periimplantation.
- Difficult to keep clean around dental implants than common teeth.
- The patient experiences problems with pronouns (phonetic disorders). New major contraceptives such as an implant bridge in the front can help the patient to pronounce certain sounds. However, this is transient and the patient usually has no problems with this in a few weeks.
- The patient may initially bite into the cheeks and lips as the oral cavity and the brain do not get used to the new situation.
- Implanted into the jaw bone grows firm and does not have the same mobility as a natural tooth.
- Implants do not have the same innervation as natural teeth, which means that you do not have the same feeling for how hard you bite together.
What affects the treatment of dental implants?
- Smoking affects dental implant treatment
- The prognosis for implant treatment is highly affected by smoking especially in the upper jaw and bone transplant. What may happen initially is that the dental implants do not heal or later suffer from periimplantation. Patients should prepare for smoking cessation during surgery and reduce the number of cigarettes per day or, if possible, stop.
- Diseases may affect dental implant treatment
The patient’s public health can play a role in the performance of implant treatments. Patients treated with cortisone for a long time, have severe diabetes or have undergone radiation in the region around the oral cavity adversely affect the healing process.
Implant treatment is not suitable for growing individuals. However, there is no lower age limit when each patient and case must be reviewed and evaluated individually. Generally, patients want to grow well before implanting in order to obtain long-term and predictable results.
There is a gross misconception among today’s patients regarding implant treatment. A significant proportion believes that treatment with dental implants results in their responsibility and dental needs ending after treatment. What one must be very aware of is that dental implants are often harder to handle than their original teeth and that even implants may be dental. This is called periimplant and must be treated immediately after diagnosis.