Tooth decay is a common dental disease that finally results in a cavity. This tooth disorder occurs when bacteria in your mouth produces acids that eat away at a tooth. Plaque, a clear sticky substance that contains bacteria is formed on your teeth and gums. These bacteria, which feed on the sugars contained in your food and makes acids. They destroy tooth enamel that results in tooth decay. Unless treated properly, it may trigger pain, infection and tooth loss.
Implant dentistry for tooth decay and tooth loss
Tooth loss makes biting irregularities that can lead to a negative effect on eating habits and result in other secondary health problems like malnutrition. Additionally, people lose their self-conscious to smile and talk. Dental implants provide a simple remedy with proven results to tooth loss.
Implants offer a permanent remedy to tooth loss. In addition, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum results. It can also be used to support a dental bridge to replace multiple missing teeth. Dental implants can increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation by using with dentures.
Dental implants procedure
Nowadays, dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. Implants can be placed in a single sitting but need a period of osseointegration. Osseointegration is a process in which a dental implant is directly anchors to the bone of the jaw. It is the most commonly used and successful types of dental implant. An Osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal. Within this period, the dentist can complete the procedure with placing a crown. The process is completed when the implant has anchored with the jawbone and the artificial prosthesis is attached. If the osseointegration does not happen, the implant will fail.
Dental implant treatment can be carried out only under some conditions. At first, the natural teeth and supporting tissues, near where the artificial teeth are to be placed must be in good health. The patient should possess enough bone in the jaw and they should be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not sufficient bone, more may need to be added with a bone graft procedure which is called bone augmentation.
If you want to know if dental implants are right for you, you should meet a dentist, oral surgeon or a periodontist or prosthodontist. They will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and evaluate bone density and quantity using advanced techniques like x-ray and CT scans. Your dentist can advise you the most appropriate dental implant treatment plan.