Dentures and bridges are no longer the only solutions for missing teeth. With dental implants gaining popularity, they may not even be the best ones.
Capturing the Advantage
Tooth loss may be the single most compelling danger of poor dental health, but fortunately, dental implants provide people with the chance to restore individual teeth, instead of relying on a mouthful of dentures or the selectiveness of bridges.
By surgically placing a small titanium post into the patient’s jawbone, dentists set the foundation for a dental implant crown. Professionals from Bromley note that the two steps of this process may be six weeks to three months in between, depending on the speed by which a patient regrows bone over the implant surface.
Dr. German Gallucci, department chair of restorative dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, says that dental implants have a high success rate, with a short recovery time. ‘The procedure is normally well tolerated. In a few cases you may have swelling or post-operative discomfort, but it's easily controlled. Usually you will feel back to normal in a few days’, he says.
Once the patient receives the crown for their implant (which is the same colour as the rest of their teeth), all they would need is follow-up care, which includes x-rays at the six-month and one-year points, and then annually thereafter. Since dental implants can last decades with proper dental hygiene, care and maintenance, patients only need to look after their new teeth just as they should have for the ones they replaced.
Dr. Gallucci notes how promising dental implants currently are, as advancements roll in and treatment method improve even further. ’We've seen two big improvements in the last five years. First, we've learned how to grow bone predictably by using bone substitutes. And second, we have newer implants that are stronger and smaller in diameter, so we can fit implants into less bone volume’, he says.