Adults who experience tooth decay know that after a certain point in time, loss of a tooth is inevitable. In most cases, the tooth root is damaged beyond what a root canal can fix. Until recently, there weren’t many options available. Bridges and dentures were the only recommendations. Today, however, implants have become more popular because they are affordable, can be custom-designed to a much greater degree than bridges and dentures, and are easily cared for after implantation. The cost of dental implants was at first rather expensive because the replacement root had to be shaped perfectly, and the cost to do this was rather prohibitive. Nowadays, the procedure is much simpler because of the ease with which these artificial roots are constructed. They are matched to permanent or removable replacement teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The design of implants centers around how well they will fuse with the bone that supports them and the way in which they bond to the replacement tooth. These artificial roots are permanent because they attach quite strongly to the supportive tissue, as well as to the bone of the jaw.
Dentures often slip, even when mounted with a bonding agent. This makes for slurred or otherwise impaired speech, and this is the most common complaint made by those who have a full or partial set of dentures. Implants are strongly secured by the artificial root, so speech problems don’t occur.
Oral health maintenance is easier with implants. The bond between tooth and gum is much stronger than with dentures. Also, this tight bond makes it easier to chew foods without the worry of the teeth slipping, something that plagues those who have dentures. The convenience factor is perhaps the biggest selling point when it comes to the cost of dental implants. They don’t need to be removed at night for cleaning, which is yet another benefit.
A Simple Procedure
Once the root design is determined, implanting the artificial root is very simple. Once in place and attached to a permanent replacement tooth, the success rate of implants is upwards of 99 percent. The actual placement can be complicated at times because of the shape and durability of the jawbone in the vicinity where the root will be affixed, but it’s very rare that an implant will need to be replaced in the future.
The root implant, typically made of titanium, is fixed into the bone socket where the original root was located. The tissue quickly surrounds and binds to the implant root. The healing process takes multiple weeks. After this period, a connector post is fixed to the top of the implant. This will hold the replacement tooth in place. The new tooth is modeled according to the results of bite marks made by the client. The new tooth will be shaped properly to align with the existing teeth.
The cost of dental implants varies greatly, and this is because no two teeth are alike. However, you will likely find that the overall cost and the long-term benefits are agreeable when compared to dentures and dental bridges.