These days, it can be difficult to decipher between people who seek to improve our quality of life and those who push us to get purely cosmetic procedures. This was one of my main hesitations when considering dental operations. What would benefit my life rather than just something to improve my smile?
Let me make one thing clear, though: it’s not that I don’t want my smile to look better. Of course I do! I just want to find a way to do this that makes it easier for me to chew my food and causes less pain in my mouth. When my orthodontist told me about dental implants, I was quite intrigued, so I want to pass on some of this knowledge to you!
What are dental implants?
This is probably the question I get the most when talking to my friends and family about it. They ask me what work I had done, of course, because my smile has changed considerably in the meantime. There are resources like this, https://www.aaid-implant.org/faqs/what-are-dental-implants/which I usually direct them to if they are completely unfamiliar with the process.
However, it is quite simple. The roots of your teeth (and the teeth themselves, of course) are replaced with metal screws and a cap to cover them. The materials used usually vary, and for this reason, they can adapt to many budgetary needs. Also, where they’re made and the angle they’re screwed into your jawbone can change based on a variety of factors, so there’s a lot to keep in mind.
Why People Get This Procedure
As I’m sure you can guess, there are many different motivating factors that could influence someone to have this procedure done. Largely, they are considered an alternative or replacement for dentures. True, to some extent, but there are also other factors at play.
One of the main benefits to them is that because they’re fused to your jawbone, they won’t end up slipping or further damaging your natural teeth – this is a surprisingly common side effect of dentures that many of we don’t realize. Another thing to note is that they will break down much slower, if at all.
One of the many reasons people decide to go ahead with them is because they have one or more badly damaged or completely broken teeth. Usually this results in lack, either now or in the future. So this usually causes them to need some kind of replacement.
Do they suit you?
I’m not exactly a dentist, so I can’t tell you for sure if they’re a good choice for you. That being said, there are places like Nuvia Smiles website this can potentially help you find advice on this. That being said, I will also offer some tips!
The first important thing is that you must have a fully formed jawline. Thus, young children are certainly not candidates for this type of procedure. Also, you must have enough bone or be a candidate for a bone graft. This is so that they can be safely secured without any worry of injury.
Some other things that can impact your candidacy include healthy oral tissue and the absence of underlying conditions that could impact your bone growth and healing. As for personal motivations, ask yourself if you don’t want to wear dentures (or just can’t). Ask yourself if you want to improve your speech habits and if you are ready to devote several months to your recovery.
Finally, for this section, it is important that you are not a smoker. So if you are looking to do that, I would definitely recommend that you stop. Ideally though, you’ve never started – it can have serious negative effects on your oral health, after all.
How it works?
So before initiating this type of process, I think it is fair to educate yourself on some of the risks involved. Fortunately, there aren’t too many. The most common side effect is the development of an infection at the implant site. In rare cases, you could also experience nerve damage and sinus problems if the implant is placed on your top row of teeth.
This is part of why it’s important to find reputable and professional orthodontists to perform the procedure, so calling them and asking for the details certainly can’t hurt. I recommend you do this whatever location you choose.
When it comes to preparations, the first step is usually to perform a complete dental exam. This could involve anything from x-rays to three-dimensional imaging of your mouth. This is to ensure that the implants can be completed as easily and painlessly as possible.
In addition to this, your orthodontist will likely review your medical history with you. If you’ve had problems with your ears, nose, or throat, they might see your ENT specialist. It’s important to remember that health care requires a holistic approach, so while it may seem like a lot of hurdles to jump through, it’s usually done for your benefit.
Finally, they will advise you on a treatment plan for the months following your implant procedure. Of course, you will need to have regular check-ups with your dentist. Depending on how things go and what materials you used for the crowns or caps, you might have a longer or shorter plan.
Another point I would like to make is that you should consult your doctor regarding your pain management plan. Be sure to tell them if certain types of anesthesia don’t work on you, for example. You’ll be grateful you did later.