Dental implants are artificial roots placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. They offer an alternative for people who have lost a tooth or teeth to periodontal disease, injury or other problems and keep teeth strong and stable because implants attached strongly with the jaw bone.
Dr Uch Bophal, an implantology and orthodontic dentist at Pachem Dental Clinic, Soriya branch, recommends dental implants for people who lose a tooth to injury or have loose teeth.
She said that if you lose a single tooth, it can always be replaced using a dental implant, with no need for a crown or bridge.
Dr Bophal said that, “People can have dental implants treatment after they lose their tooth/teeth, but they can also have an implant immediately after they have their extraction. There are two parts of dental implant: endosteal (in the bone that is called fixture) and subperiosteal (on the bone that is called abutment)”.
Implant fixtures have various systems and many names from many countries; it is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as crown, bridge, denture, or act as an orthodontic anchor. “Abutment is a part that attached to the implant and it will hold a dental prosthesis,” she said.
Dr Bophal said that dental implant treatment takes about a month to a year based on cases. Not everyone can use this dental treatment. It basically means that dentists have to check whether people who come for this service have had a stroke, diabetes, and smoking addiction or not. Dentists will study the patient’s medical condition carefully.
She continues that aside from this, anyone can have a dental implant. It is especially recommended for people aged from 20 to 60.
The reason is people at this age start having their permanent teeth lost, they care about their teeth aesthetic, and usually they are financially independent to afford having dental implant. People above 60 can also have implant treatment as long as their jaw bone and overal health are healthy.
“This implant service is very important for older people who have lost their teeth. They don’t have to worry about having their artificial teeth fall out while eating and talking like whichwearing complete denture. It helps bring back a natural smile, confidence, and biting function. Moreover, it lasts a life time if given proper care,” she added.
Dr Bophal ultimately said that normally teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits at least once in every six months. Dental implants are the same, as they require the same care. In order to keep dental implants clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing are essential.