Dental implants may feel the same, look the same and even function the same as normal teeth but in reality, they are as different as chalk and cheese. So without further ado, let’s explore these differences.
Attachment to the bone
When a tooth attaches to the bone, it does so by a periodontal ligament. This is made up of fibres of collagen which join the tooth to the bone. On the flip side an implant screws directly into the bone and fuses with it over time.
Again on a normal tooth the collagen fibres are used to secure the gum tissues to the tooth and they fuse together. Alternatively with an implant, the gum tissues will only secure themselves to the surface area.
Disease and decay
Teeth are at the mercy of dental decay if not looked after correctly or if the wrong foods have been eaten. There is also the need in some cases for root canal surgery. Implants are in effect made up of titanium and porcelain (although some materials do differ from implant to implant) and as a result the implanted tooth is not subject to decay or indeed need any root canal procedures. Gum disease is something else that can effect the area around a normal tooth, whilst Peri- implantitis is a dental implants problem which is an inflammatory response to the build up of bacteria that can settle in and around the implant. If this is not dealt with then it could lead to disintegration of the bone which is attached to the implant.
Low cost dental implants are very appealing to many people and are made pretty much ‘fail safe’ by your dental implants specialist. They should only be removable and replaceable by your dentist so if fitted correctly they are unlikely to fall out naturally. Even from close range it can be hard to tell which are the real teeth and which are the implants and for those who have had to live with missing teeth, it can be a real confidence booster and in some respects can give them their life back.
Modern day dental implants are remarkable pieces of kit that are made using high-tech anti allergenic substances. However similarly to teeth they require a similar amount of oral maintenance such as brushing and flossing and again similarly to teeth, if you look after them, they could last you the rest of your life.