Permanent tooth loss affects thousands of dental patients around the globe.
Once a permanent tooth is gone, it’s gone for good and won’t just “grow back” as would hair and nails.
For this reason, the popularity of dental implants has risen through recent years.
What’s so great about dental implants?
Dental implants are by far one of the most realistic dental procedures for the case of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are versatile for a variety of different patients from teenagers to elderly patients and act as regular teeth, providing the ability to properly eat and speak.
This procedure will allow a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Both permanent and removables are options for patients.
Permanent versus removable dental implants
Permanent dental implants are permanently drilled into the gums and jaw bone and appear and feel just as any other tooth. However, these can be more pricey than removable implants and possibly a little more difficult to clean.
In addition to this, permanent dental implants require more soft tissue, better health of the gums, and a strong and developed jaw bone. For this reason, gum disease patients, those with missing soft tissue, or younger patients whose jaw is not yet fully developed may be disqualified or may require another treatment prior to receiving the permanent implant.
As their name implies, removable dental implants can be removed. This makes cleaning a lot easier.
This type of dental implant is more affordable, yet, less expensive materials are used and may not be as sturdy as materials would be for a permanent dental implant. Removable dental implants, despite being able to be removed, look and act as normal teeth.
Who’s getting dental implants?
People across the globe are resorting to dental implant surgery. From as young as about 17- or 18-years-old to 90-years-old and older, patients are opting for this smile-changing procedure.
Patients who suffer from tooth loss due to improper oral hygiene skills, tooth decay, or due to health-related problems opt for tooth implants. Those who suffered permanent tooth loss due to an accident are also looking into dental implants as an option.
Who qualifies for the procedure? How about those who disqualify?
A strong, healthy, developed jaw is required especially for permanent dental implant surgery. Because a rod is placed into the jaw, the jaw will have to be sturdy enough to hold the tooth in place.
Healthy gums and plenty of soft tissue are also necessary to help support the tooth implant. A strong immune system is also recommended for the procedure to ensure quick, proper healing.
Diabetics, those who take immunosuppressive drugs or steroids, or sufferers of gum disease may or may not be disqualified depending on the severity of the condition or the affect a medication has on the body’s healing process. Fortunately, a doctor and/or dentist may be able to fix the problem to ensure you’re capable of receiving a dental implant. Always check with a dental professional before assuming you’re unqualified for the procedure; you may be surprised.