Missing teeth are a huge health and cosmetic problem. People who have lost some of their teeth due to various causes are more tempted to swallow their foods without chewing them properly thus putting an unnecessary burden on the stomach and the entire digestive system. Besides, the remaining teeth tend to migrate, to occupy all the gaps, the result being, even more, trouble. The jawbone can be altered, the patient ending up with severe headaches and the impossibility to focus. This is why missing teeth have to be replaced as soon as possible.
Dental implants are the most modern solution. They are tiny bits made from titanium, a metal which is accepted by the human body. These bits get inserted deep into the jawbone. After a while, the bone and the metal fuse, creating a very strong bond, very similar to the natural one. A ceramic crown gets attached to the implant, offering the patient a chance to eat normally. Dental implants are very good regarding durability and behaviour. They are as close to natural teeth as possible. Besides, they look very good. If the crown is made from expensive ceramic on zirconium support, nobody would be able to tell the difference between the implant and a natural tooth.
This solution is extremely durable and perfectly functional. Chewing on all types of foods is perfectly possible, the implant being guaranteed to last for at least 10-15 years. There are several types of implants, so each patient can choose what suits him best in terms of durability and price.
Speaking of price, dental implants are expensive, so not everybody may afford them that easily. People who don’t have a good dental insurance plan may have to pay the whole amount from their pocket, and that’s not easy for most families. Of course, if you can’t afford this treatment, there are some viable alternatives. However, none of them is as close to the real thing as these implants, so you should try to borrow some money or discuss a more relaxed payment schedule with your dentist. It is also possible to obtain financing, the dentist being the one you have to ask for it. Many of them are aware implants are too pricey for most patients, so they are willing to close deals with various financing institutions to help these people get the treatment they need.
Dental implants can be used to mount full dentures on them. If all your natural teeth are gone, all you need are four micro implants and a denture to snap onto them, and you’ll be able to chew on most foods like you used to before problems started to occur.
If you are thinking about getting some implants, you should contact your local dentist and schedule an appointment, to discuss all the details of this procedure. Since the titanium bit has to fuse to your bone, the procedure spreads out over a period of a few weeks or even a few months, so you have to be prepared to put up with it until it’s over.