When you compare dental implants to dentures, the implants are clear winners. The implants keep the bone arches in your mouth from shrinking away, the porcelain crowns are close to the same hardness as enamel, and they can look exactly like your original tooth right down to the slightly yellow color. And while implants cost more than dentures, they last much longer and usually only need the kind of attention you give to your natural teeth.
However, it’s also true that there are unique dental implants problems. While a porcelain crown doesn’t have to worry about cavities or infections, the gums underneath the crown do. This is nothing new since bacteria can infect your gums even if you have all your natural teeth and even if you wear a complete set of dentures, but it can be hard to brush under an implant crown and a biofilm can form that protects the bacteria from mouthwash.
That’s why a group of researchers in Belgium have recently developed a new kind of dental implant. These deal with the most common of dental implants problems by creating a reservoir in the core of the implant screw and filling it with an antimicrobial medication. The implant is porous, and so the medicine slowly seeps out into the surrounding gums over time. This prevents the bacteria from forming a biofilm, and that means mouthwash can do its job and kill mouth bacteria even when it’s hiding under an implant crown.
While you’ll still need to brush, floss, and use mouthwash the way you normally would, this innovation in implant technology helps prevent infection from taking root in a hard-to-reach spot. Since these infections are the most common of the dental implants problems, implants with these reservoirs give dental patients one more reason to choose implants when one of their original teeth need to come out.
Dental implants are always improving, and every year seems to bring a new innovation to the field. Modern implants are better able to fit in your mouth, need less time to recover, and work better as replacement teeth. While there’s no getting around the fact that implants cost more than dentures, prices are lower now than before and the benefits of dental implants are growing while their downsides are shrinking. If you’re in need of replacement teeth, you should seriously consider whether dental implants are the right choice for you.
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