by Dr. Mark Weingarden
Posted on Thursday 21st of July 2011
Do you hide your smile because you have lost one or more of your teeth due to a periodontal disease or an injury? If yes, then you do feel less confident about yourself both at personal and professional level. With the all new advancement in dental technology, you are now able to get dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Generally speaking, there are two classes of dental-implants namely standard and mini. To these "artificial roots" can be attached single teeth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth.They also work very well to help retain, anchor, or support loose dentures. Dental-implants can literally change a denture wearer's life.
Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health but who have lost a tooth or teeth due to one or the other reason. These dental-implants are very high-tech in nature but most doctors recommend them because unlike the traditional bridgework, dental-implants do not require neighboring teeth for support. They can stand and sustain on their own and that is what makes them so special.
Dental implants were first introduced by a doctor by the name of Dr.Pratt. He was in his senior year of dental school when he started working on the idea of DIs. At that time, this idea was considered impossibility. However, he strove and took all the relevant courses that he could. With the passage of time his idea became known and successful. Now periodontics is a well-recognized and highly prestigious field of dentistry.
Dental implants are no less than a miracle. They look and feel so natural that even you yourself won't believe that you lost your teeth. Many people use dentures but remain unsatisfied and uncomfortable. They even face difficulty while chewing. So, if you feel bad to smile, eat, speak and look good, dental-implants are just the right options for you.
Since they feel and look like your very own teeth, they will help you gain your comfort and confidence back. However, you have to be careful about certain things. Firstly, dental implantation requires a good environment. Thus, you have to get it done by a qualified and trained periodontist.
Similarly you would need a diligent patient maintenance if you want your dental implants to last a life time. Moreover, long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for dental-implants. So if you are a potential candidate for dental-implants, it is advisable that you study more about it; learn more about the types of dental-implants and their advantages over dentures or bridgework. When you are prepared to get your dental implants, then you should contact your local periodontist who is an expert in the placement of dental implants. It would also be advantageous for you if you learn about other procedures that periodontists use to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
The American Academy of Periodentology is dedicated to this cause. It is an 8000-member association of dental care specialists who work for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. They also work for support and maintenance of dental implants.
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