Many doctors recommend dental implants for their patients who need them. These are actually metal based roots that are placed and attached to the bone or jaw of the patient. Usually, or in all cases, the metal used for the rods is titanium. The reason for this is because it is readily accepted by the human body and poses fewer risks compared to other metals. The titanium rods are screwed and established on the jaw by opening the gum with the missing tooth (multiple rods can be placed, if necessary.
Some doctors recommend a recovery period for the rod to be accepted by the body before actually putting on the final bridge, crown or dentures. Dentists will place a temporary toothlike replacement to the rod in order for the person to avoid biting down on it and injuring itself or damaging the recently established rod. It is important that something stable be placed to cover the rod because any damage to it by biting down on it can cause complications to it.
A soft diet is usually recommended during the recovery period. When the time for the permanent appliance to be placed comes, the dentist attaches it and recommends care when using it for several weeks. Recently, more and more surgical dentists are immediately placing the permanent appliance into the titanium rod to get rid of the repeat procedure which makes recovery longer. The dental implants are usually used to house or support several kinds of appliances used for dentistry. Dentures, implant supported bridges and crowns are the usual fare for these. They allow unidirectional movement for the tooth without the risk of any reciprocal action.
The advantages of using dental implants are several but the most important is the return of function for the oral cavity. Missing teeth hinder or hamper chewing and other digestive functions of the oral cavity since there may be discomfort or pain when the exposed gum is hit by a solid bit of food. The return of function is probably the most advantageous from this procedure. Aesthetics is also another factor that may drive a person to go and have this kind of procedure done. Missing teeth are a turn off for many especially when these are located in the anterior part of the oral cavity. Front teeth are part of one's smile and missing teeth can affect the looks and smile of a person. Another benefit from the dental implant procedure is the lower risk of injuring the exposed gum when eating. Some people eat hard foods that can damage gums.
One disadvantage of having dental implants is their cost. Any dental procedure is basically expensive and may not be included in insurance policies. This is one of the most likely causes why some people are wary of dental procedures. Another disadvantage is that once something is wrong with a tooth, the checksups and the maintenance visits are usually never ending. The time, money and effort that one invests in dentistry can be immune.