There seems to be something new available in the field of dentistry every now or then, which makes it tough for dentists to be constantly updated about the latest innovation. However, among all the recent developments, the invention of dental implants and its application are of the greatest importance. Implants involve surgical implantation of metal posts into jaw bone to facilitate a replacement on top of it. Posts are implanted beneath gums to allow the artificial tooth to fit in level and function like a normal natural tooth. This is an alternative of bridges, dentures, partials, etc.
Unlike dentures, partials, etc., support for dental implants is secured. They do not move or slip. They do not need to be removed or taken out to be cleaned. This makes eating and speaking easier and free from impediments. They are also made for additional bridges and crowns that are affixed to the implant and make them more secured than they are otherwise, that is when affixed to natural teeth.
Implants are very helpful for those who cannot have bridges or dentures. These fixtures often get rubbed against sensitive spots inside mouth and cause people to gag. It is not the way of living in present technologically advanced world. Moreover, insertion of a bridge or a partial requires remaining of teeth to be grounded. This may damage the tooth which is gets operated upon as well as may cause loss of even more teeth.
It is an unfortunate fact that insurance scheme for dental patients does not cover tooth implants under benefits. Those that do cover cover up to 10% or less of the total expenditure incurred due to implants. This makes bridges, dentures, partials, etc. seem like the viable options of dental replacement. In case an implant is done, maintenance of oral hygiene is needed. Implants are prescribed only if gums are at good health and the jawbone has not been compromised anyhow.
At present, there are 2 types of implants in the market, namely, subperiosteel and endosteel. Endosteel are dental implants that are affixed to the jaw and then another surgery is done to install posts to implants. Teeth are then attached to posts. Subperiosteel are implants that require fixation of metal frames to the jawbone with individual posts that stick out of gums for teeth to be placed upon. This implant is quite involving procedure. Its results are generally better for patients.