A Picture Perfect Smile With Dental Implants
The old adage, “you are what you eat” can mean a lot, especially when it comes to your oral health. Some people may take extreme measures to keep their smile the whitest it can be by avoiding certain drinks and foods but that may only do so much. Your teeth are more important than you may think because they are the first step in the digestion process. If you think of it that way, teeth serve a vital role in your survival – they are needed to break down foods and if you can’t chew solid foods, it could be a difficult task!
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 30 million Americans are missing all of their teeth and 15 million people have bridge or crown replacements. It can go without saying that eating is quite difficult when you only have gums which is why many of the 30 million people have dentures. But what about the other 15 million individuals? Even if someone is missing one tooth, eating can be uncomfortable, difficult and even painful.
This is where precision medical devices like dental implants come in to play. A common misconception about dental implants is that they are a direct replacement for a tooth and include a crown or cap. However, a dental implant is a piece of titanium metal in the form of a threaded screw where it is implanted in the tooth root. The cap or crown is affixed atop of the implant which will serve as the tooth replacement. Getting a dental implant is the solution to a missing tooth (or teeth, in some cases) and there’s a variety of reasons why they are needed.
People may lose teeth because they were damaged in an accident, they became rotted from poor oral hygiene or some health conditions. Whatever the reason may be, individuals may benefit from these precision medical devices if they are healthy enough for the surgery but that would be dependent on an examination from a doctor. And dental implants are meant to be a permanent solution for missing teeth because the titanium screw is specially designed to last but when it comes to caps and crowns, they may need replacement over a certain period of time. Caps and crowns can deteriorate because they aren’t made of metal – think of it like replacing tires on a vehicle, some wear and tear can occur and optimal performance will require replacement later down the road.