Dental implants – that's a term that most people have not heard before. In fact, most people assume that dental implants are simply things that dentists implant – fillings, for example. But dental implants are a very specific, very important, very complicated, very expensive thing. Well, the expense part anyway is relative dependent on which dentist you to go and how high you value your teeth, but the other adjectives apply perfectly. Dental implants, to be precise, serve as – foundations for missing teeth that a person wants rebuilt. That's right, you can replace a lost tooth. That was not always the case, of course. It used to be that if you lost a tooth you lost it forever. You've lost your front tooth in a bar fight? Too bad, you'll have that hockey player's smile till doomsday. You've lost two molars falling from your balcony into the bird bath? Darn, you'll never eat steak on that side of your mouth again. Most of your teeth are rotted out do to malnutrition / hygienic laziness / brawling / sugar addictions / accidents and so forth? It's sad to say, but that means milk and bread for breakfast and dinner, pal.
We should thank our lucky stars that we have solutions for that sort of thing today. Those solutions are dental implants, and they're used in any of the cases described above, that is, they're used when a person has lost a tooth or even several teeth and would like to get them back.
Tooth implants are not an easy process, though. In the hands of the right dentist, of course, you'll do just fine, but you're still talking about a major investment in time, discomfort, and money. Dental implants are a sort of medical marvel, like heart transplants but on a lesser scale. I mean, your tooth is a living part of you. Your tooth is just as vitally connected to you as, say, your liver and kidneys are. Your teeth do not play as vital a role as your liver and kidneys do, obviously, but they still play a pretty vital one.
Your teeth give structure to your face. We've all seen pictures of toothless folks, we've all seen toothless characters in, say, westerns or Jane Austin-type romances or Bronte-type melodramas or in every single movie depicting Russian culture of whatever era ever made, but perhaps we do not … More