Injuries to the mouth can cause many forms of trauma. You may end up with damaged teeth, a broken jaw, or have severe lacerations on your gums. Oral reconstruction techniques can repair these issues. One of the most useful tools in the reconstruction arsenal is the installation of dental implants. Read on to learn about how dental implants can help to restore your functions, and regain a natural appearance.
What are Dental Implants?
The term dental implant is used to define several types of procedures. Technically, a dental implant is the permanent placement of any external material into the mouth. This would include implanting an artificial tooth, reinforcing the jawbone through bone augmentation, and replacing the jawbone altogether if necessary.
However, the most common meaning of the term dental implant is the procedure for installing an artificial tooth. Specifically, it is related to a single type of dental implant, the endosteal implant. The endosteal implant is a procedure that is designed to mimic a natural tooth's form and function to as great a degree as possible. The tooth is implanted directly into the jawbone. It is designed to fuse with the bone over time and become a permanent structure in the mouth.
Why are Dental Implants Important for Oral Reconstruction?
When you have experienced trauma to the mouth there will be damage that must be repaired. A hard facial trauma can break the jaw or knock teeth out of their sockets. If the teeth cannot be saved there will be gaping holes in your bite, the overall structure of your teeth and how they apply pressure when biting down. Those holes will make it difficult to eat or even speak. Dentures can be used to replace large sections of teeth, but they are not a permanent solution. They must be removed and can slip around inside the mouth.
Dental implants are different than dentures. While both dental procedures are able to replace lost tooth function, a dental implant is a permanent replacement. The implant process will leave you with one or more perfectly formed teeth that will work in the manner of natural teeth. They will look like real teeth and function like them as well. You do not need to remove them for cleaning. In fact, they are to be treated like natural teeth when it comes to hygiene practices. Further, dental implants of a higher grade, such as zirconium, can be used to eat hard or sticky foods that would be problematic for people who have dentures.
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask dentists like Dr. Jamie A. Kaukinen Inc.