For a long time dentists have been practicing conservative dentistry to a large extent. They always feel that using less invasive procedures will good for patients. Undoubtedly this is a very good approach. But with technology things have changes and so has the dental treatment and procedures. Many of the dental procedures have come up with new technologies which are not only successful but also retention friendly. They are retained in the mouth for a long period of time and most of the times permanently. One such procedure is dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium based small screws which are made to fit inside a jaw bone. Implants come in a variety of measurements. They vary in sizes according to the tooth. There are however two components of dental implants. One is the titanium screw and the other is the tooth portion. The titanium screw is drilled inside the jaw and left for further osseointegration.
This is a procedure of blending in of the two components together i.e. bone and the titanium post. When the bone gets completely adapted to the foreign body, i.e. after about three months, it is time for the next appointment to fix the tooth portion on the titanium post. The tooth portion is something that will be seen in the oral cavity.
Dental implants are undoubtedly the most effective, efficient and the most modern way to replace the teeth. There are many other dentures which have been and are being used by the dentists even today as they are more feasible cost wise as well as technique wise. The removable dentures are the oldest treatment option when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
In earlier days, people used to get their teeth replaced very easily but then the hygiene maintenance and the method was not convenient nor it was ethical. The dentists used to take the impression and quickly arrange the ceramic teeth on the acrylic bed and place the denture on the missing teeth portion. In those days if the denture misfits the only option used to was to fasten it somehow using the other teeth through wires.
Times changed and so did the method of dentures. Removable and fixed dentures came into existence and they were much better than the previous ones. They were more hygienic and convenient. They were more scientific and were made to fit in the mouth very decently so that the patients get adapted easily.
Dental implants are a recent discovery and till now they have been on the top. We can say that dentistry is not complete without dental implants. However, dental implants come with their own drawbacks. Since they are an invasive procedure, they may not suit everyone. Patients who are prone to diabetes or hypertension or any sort of cardiac disease are not at all indicated for dental implants. Also the patients who are old in age and have a very less jaw width and length should not get the dental implants done.