Dental implants are necessary for those who want to replace lost teeth. The tooth replacement process is not always straightforward. Some complications can make the process even more challenging. Here are some of the things you need to know about dental implants.
Consequences of Tooth Loss and Importance of Implants
Replacing teeth is not just for aesthetics only. It helps restore the function of teeth. We tend to think of teeth individually. However, they function as a unit; each tooth is supported by the one adjacent to it. If some are missing the adjacent ones may move to compensate for the lack of support.
These adjustments can affect the ability to bite, and comfort when chewing food. Additionally, they can cause visible changes on the gums. Implants are therefore important for both aesthetics and comfort.
Types of Implants
Another consequence of losing teeth is the loss of the bone that encases the teeth. This bone is referred to as the alveolar. It develops with teeth and grows with the growth of teeth. Once the teeth are lost it also begins to disappear with time. The upper front teeth have the thinnest alveolar bone and its rate of bone loss is fastest there.
There are two types of material that are commonly used as implants:
Zirconium: Is considered to be one of the best options for metal free implants. As an implant it is used in the form of zirconium oxide with some trace elements. It is hard white opaque-looking material that forms with the bone making it ideal as a dental implant. It is non-corrosive and does not cause electric currents with dissimilar metals in the mouth.
Titanium: Titanium is a non-corrosive material used for dental implants. It has the ability to join biochemically in the bone. Therefore, chances that it could shift when chewing foods is significantly reduced.