Dental implant surgery is one of the common procedures done by maxillofacial surgeons. Dental implant is a surgical procedure that is done with an aim of replacing tooth roots using screw-like devices which are surgically inserted in the gums and jawbone. Your dentist will recommend dental implants if you have a damaged tooth that needs replacing or if you have lost a tooth as a result of an accident, injury or dental disease like cavities or decay.
In comparison to other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridgeworks, dental implants tend to provide a more permanent option. Besides, it fits well since the gums and bones heal around the implant.
The manner in which maxillofacial surgeons perform dental implants hinge on the type of dental implant, condition of your gums and the amount of bone mass in your jawbone. Nonetheless, all maxillofacial surgeries involving dental implants are normally done in different phases in addition to involving a lot of procedures. But the core benefit of opting for dental implants over other alternatives is the firm foundation it provides. Since the healing process takes time, it may take even up to 12 months for dental implant surgery to be completed.
Why Do Maxillofacial Surgeons Recommend Dental Implant Surgeries?
Dental implants are surgically inserted in the jaws and gums. The surgery is usually done in areas where there are missing teeth roots. Since the titanium used in making the implant naturally fuse with the jawbone, the risks of the implants slipping, making cluttering noises or triggering bone damage are eliminated as is the case with dentures and bridgeworks. Besides the materials used in making dental implants do not decay. In fact, you will be able to eat, brush and floss your teeth the way you used to before losing your teeth.
In a nutshell, maxillofacial surgeons will recommend dental implants if:
1. You have lost one or multiple teeth as a result of an accident or trauma to the mouth.
2. Your jawbone has matured completely. This is the reason why dental implants are not recommended for persons under the age of 20 years.
3. You have sufficient bone mass in the jaws that will enable successful insertion of the implants. Even if you do not have enough bone mass, maxillofacial surgeons can still recommend bone graft.
4. You have healthy gum tissues. Habits such as smoking are known to damage oral tissues. So if you are a smoker, it may take quite some time before you are an ideal candidate for dental implants.
5. You are not suffering or being treated for a medical condition that may negatively affect the bone healing process once the surgery is completed.
6. You are not comfortable with wearing dentures because of the need to constantly adjust and remove them for cleaning.
7. You would like to not only improve your speech, but facial appearance as well as self-confidence by replacing the missing teeth.
8. You are prepared to undergo the several months of treatment and healing that come with dental implants.
What Are the Risks of Maxillofacial Surgery?
Every surgery has its own risks. Dental implant surgery too poses some serious health risks. Whereas the risks are quite rare, it is important that you discuss them with your maxillofacial surgeons. Some of the risks associated with maxillofacial surgery include:
1. Likelihoods of the site being infected.
2. Odds of the surrounding support structures like blood vessels and muscles being damaged.
3. Likelihoods of suffering from sinus issues if the dental implants are inserted in the upper jaw.