Things to Know About Dental Implants

One of the most common dental issues around is experiencing a lost, damaged, chipped or broken tooth. While these types of issuesmay not be much cause for concern during our youth, as our teeth are almost all baby teeth – during our adult years, any damage to our teeth can mean a world of pain and months of complicated surgery and procedures like dental extractions. According to Dr. David Malakov, a dental implant surgery specialist, there are a variety of different reasons for dental extractions, however the most common is often experiencing a chipped or damage tooth, which will need to be removed in order to make room for a certain type of dental implant. Another instance in which dental extractions may be needed, is in the case of a younger individual who may have his adult teeth growing in over his baby teeth. In this case, the baby tooth in question will need to be removed, making room for the adult tooth already coming in. however, in the majority of cases, in which a patient may experience some from a damage or trauma to their teeth, anextraction is not required – but rather, the use of dental implant surgery to place an implant. Despite how popular of a procedure it might be, many patients are still fairly uneducated on all there is to know about dental implant surgery. Here are a few important details everyone should know before their first dental implant.

What is a Dental Implant?

The dental implant procedure is fairly involved. An oral surgeon, dentist or periodontist surgically places an artificial tooth in place of one that has previously fallen. The artificial tooth is surgically fused to the jawbone, in order to ensure the strength and function of the newly added artificial tooth. Dr. Malakov will place the tooth, ensuring the strongest bonds with the jawbone. This will make sure there is no movement and the artificial tooth is just as strong as the former tooth of which it is replacing.

A modern dental implantis made from the strongest of titanium metal, which, as previously stated, gets fused to the jawbone – this fusion acts in a similar fashion to the root of the tooth. These modern dental implants rarely have to be replaced and are generally sturdy and durable throughout the patient’s lifetime.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are a number of different advantages to using dental implants, as opposed to other means of replacing missing teeth, such as fixed bridges, crowns or dentures. Some of these benefits include:

· Better Aesthetic Appearance

Generally using dental implants is preferred, as they are not only stronger but far better to look at and can be made to closely resemble natural teeth.

· Reliability

Dental implants will usually last a lifetime with proper care. unlike dentures which must be removed and can get dirt & bacteria from outside sources when removed. Dentures are often lost as well. Bridges must be replaced 3-4 times over a lifetime as they are not as durable as dental implants.

· Stronger, Durable & Saves Adjacent Teeth

Because dental implants are fused with the jawbone, they are much stronger than bridges or crowns. Also, bridges need to be anchored by the teeth on either side of the gap, not only making them weaker but causing damage and decay to the teeth on either side.

For more information on all there is to know about dental implants and dental implant surgery, be sure to contact DR. MALAKOV today.