by Amanda Popovski
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS
Made of titanium, dental implants replace the root of a tooth that has been lost. By surgically implanting these titanium constructs into the jawbone, a process called ossoeintegration occurs between the jaw and the implants that actually fuse the two. Within six months of the procedure, the two are completely joined, making dental implants all the more natural and comfortable. Once a patient is completely healed from the procedure, these implants are used to anchor dentures. This makes dental work much more permanent, and effective, eliminating the possibility of repeating procedures over and over as time goes on.
Fifty years ago, fabricating a successful set of dentures was a benchmark for being a good dentist. Five decades later we have become fed up with false teeth. It remains an art to make a good denture, and not all clinicians do it well. Even the best denture however is no substitute for implant supported teeth. In my last article I spoke of using dental implants to replace one or two teeth. This is wonderful in itself. The life changing effect of dental implants becomes undeniably visible when they are used to replace all or many missing teeth. Many of you reading this have either full dentures or partial dentures...you know...those alien looking creations with silver bars, and hooks and pink plastic....fishing lures made by some mad angler. Many of you know the limitations, discomfort, artificiality and embarrassment associated with them. I remember a minister in my youth who would in his religious passion, repeatedly expel his lower denture onto the pulpit before him. Our sacrilegious giggles could not be controlled. Reverend Fink would simply retrieve the offending teeth and continue on. I don’t remember the message, but I remember the event. There are so many disadvantages to full dentures and partials: looseness, speech difficulties, pain, alteration of eating patterns, nutritional loss, aging appearance, collapsed faces, odor, to name just a few. Ultimately, because bone loss continues rapidly under dentures, it can become impossible to wear a denture at all. That’s why I am fed up with dentures. In today’s world, they are completely unnecessary because implant supported teeth eliminate every one of the problems people have with conventional dentures. I have many stories to tell of people we have helped with this over 30 years. They lived the rest of their lives without having to worry about their smile, eating, talking or just enjoying being part of a group. The dental implant therapy we offered them, made this possible.
Established in 1859 by a small group of dentists, the American Dental Association has grown into the world's largest dental association. The more than 155,000 members advocate for practices and laws that enhance public oral health. For example, the group pushes for community water fluoridation, a practice that helps prevent tooth decay. The push for fluoridation came after decades of research revealing the benefits of fluoride on oral health.
Topics: Dental Health
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Your surgery is behind you, and your new dental implants will soon boost both your health and your confidence. But before your life gets back to normal, you'll want to keep a few things in mind as you recover from the surgical procedure.
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While a tooth implant can help you achieve a natural-looking smile, the price tag might seem out of reach for many people. The New York Times estimates that an implant for a single tooth could cost up to $4,500, but the price will vary based on a number of factors. For example, the location of the tooth and the potential need for preliminary operations, such as bone grafting, can affect the overall cost.