An implant is a man-made replacement for the natural tooth root which allows a person to return to non-removable teeth or a more secure dental restoration. There are several types of dental implants of which the doctor will select the most suited to your needs and general dental condition.
Your Natural Teeth
Your own natural teeth in a healthy, well-maintained condition are the best natural implant(s) which you can possibly have. There is nothing else which compares to them. It is, therefore, in the best interest of your health and well being to do anything you can to keep your teeth in the best condition for the longest possible period. With good care on your part, and with good frequent dental checkups, you will be able to accomplish this goal.
When a tooth is severely damaged or lost, it is best to replace the tooth with a non-removable replacement as promptly as possible. You are probably familiar with the traditional ‘bridgework’, which uses natural teeth as supports for bridges that span the space where teeth have been lost. Realise that these bridges have not increased the support which was present when the natural tooth was there in the mouth. The artificial tooth of the bridge does not have a root. As teeth are lost, the amount of available root support in the mouth decreases. In effect, we have increased the load on each remaining tooth because there are fewer of them. This can be compared to loosing fence posts in a long fence. The fence is not any shorter, but there are fewer posts supporting the fence. The fence is no longer as strong as it was earlier. In the case of the fence, it is obvious that fence posts need to be added so that the amount of support will be increased, and similarly these areas in the mouth need more support (which can be provided by replacing the missing root structure with implants)
Your Chewing Efficiency
For the purpose of comparison, let us assume that you the patient with all their own natural teeth in a healthy, well maintained, functionally accurate condition can chew at 100 percent efficiency. However, with every tooth lost efficiency decrease. How much decrease there will be is dependent upon whether the teeth are replaced and in what manner. Ultimately, if a person reaches the point where they have no teeth, and are using properly fitted dentures, the percentage decreases. With implants and non-removable bridgework, or well supported tooth replacement methods, a person may get back to as high as 85 percent compared with what they had with their natural teeth, depending on the number of natural teeth present and their condition
Dental Implants can take up to three months to over a year to complete the treatments from start to finish.
The procedure is at most times straight forward, as the dentist will provide you with a custom treatment plan.
Lifestyle choices after the procedure can most likely will determine the dental implants success.
The dentist will provided an ongoing care plan after following the procedure to monitor your healing.
Dental implants may not be an option given to me due to my own induvial situation.