Dental implants have become a common practice because of tooth losses that are also common among people. Research on the design of dental implants as well as the techniques and materials has increased over the past years and is still expected to develop as technology evolves in the future. There are still many things to be done and a lot of hard work to do to enhance biomaterials used, implant design, modification of surface, as well as surface functionalization for the improvement of long-term results of the procedure.
Today, different dental procedures are becoming more popular such as reading dental implants due to the rising cases of dental problems. Dental implants have metal frames or posts that are positioned surgically into the bone of the jaw beneath the gums. Once they are in place, the dentist can now mount the replacement teeth on them.
The reading dental implants that are fused to the jawbone provide stable support on the artificial teeth that make bridges and dentures that are mounted in the implants stay steady in the mouth. Speaking and eating are made convenient. The secure fit makes the bridges, dentures, and individual crowns feel a lot more natural than conventional dentures and bridges.
Some people do not feel comfortable with ordinary dentures and bridges because of the sore spots, gagging, and poor ridges they provide. Implants are more advantageous because there are no preparations for the adjacent teeth to hold the tooth/teeth replacement in place.
Implants require adequate bone structure and healthy gums for support. It is important to follow the right practices in keeping the structures healthy. Proper oral hygiene as well as regular visits to the dentist are essential to the success of the implants.
Types of implants:
- Endosteal implants – these are directly and surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw. When the surrounding tissue of the gum has healed, a follow up surgery is required so that a post can be connected to the initial implant. The final stage is the attachment of the artificial tooth or teeth to the post.
- Subperiosteal implants – a metal frame is fitted to the bone of the jaw beneath the tissue of the gum. The frame will be fixed to the bone of the jaw when the gums heal.
It is important to be aware of how the implants work when you want to receive them so that proper care on implants can be done for them to last long.