Want Natural Feeling Teeth? Get Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth or having rotting, misshapen teeth, dental implants may be the solution you've been searching for.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a form of cosmetic dentistry that can be used instead of dentures. Both dentures and dental implants work to replace natural teeth after teeth have been lost, but they work in different ways. Dentures pop in and out, making them seem more artificial than natural teeth. Dental implants however actually are screwed into your jaw bone, keeping them in place like a real tooth.
That last sentence may have made dental implants seem frightening or extremely painful. While there definitely is some initial discomfort with getting dental implants, the field of implant dentistry is very refined, and the pain is short-lived. Consider getting dental implants no more severe than any other form of oral surgery. Even at that, the discomfort associated with dental implants is much less severe than wisdom tooth removal or a root canal.
How do dental implants work?
As mentioned above, implant dentistry has been steadily growing and improving over the years, yielding a reliable, efficient process for inserting dental implants. The way dental implants work, is that a small screw is attached into the gum, like the roots of your natural teeth. Then a cap can be mounted onto the base of the dental implants. The cap is the replacement tooth, which looks and feels the same as any of your natural teeth. While some people think that needing to screw in the pieces for dental implants makes dentures a more attractive option, there are actually a couple reasons why dental implants tend to get better user satisfaction.
One reason dental implants are favored over dentures of other missing teeth replacement strategies, is that dental implants are the easiest way to replace the exact amount of teeth needed. You can get single tooth implants just as easily as a whole new set of dental implants, because each of the teeth used for dental implants is separate, just like your natural teeth. Another reason dental implants are favored in the long run, is that dental implants are the easiest form of tooth replacement to replace. Dentures wear out, and if that happens a new set must be made. If one of your dental implants teeth gets worn down or chipped however, you don't have to go through the entire dental implants process again. Instead, you can just get a new cap for whichever teeth need it.
Differences between dental implants and natural teeth
While dental implants will leave your with teeth that feel just like your natural teeth did, and that won't just pop out of your mouth, there are a couple minor differences between dental implants and real teeth. Chief among these, is that your dental implants don't have actual roots, and therefore won't be sensitive to things your natural teeth would be. For example, some teeth are very cold sensitive, but your dental implants are artificial and would have no way to sense the heat or cold.
All in all, dental implants are a great way to have a healthy mouth full of natural feeling and functioning teeth you can be proud of.
by: Louis Hotze