During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
Your dentist can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a time of healing, abutments are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) or a briidge on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture or partial's retention and stability.
Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray or CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.
Dental implants can be an amazing addition or alternative treatment to other dental restorative procedures. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are stable, comfortable, and normally last with proper dental preventative maintenance..
When compared to fixed bridges and removable dentures supported by other teeth or gum tissue, implants offer numerous advantages:
1. Better esthetics:
Since implants are placed in the bone similar to the way a natural tooth is supported, they offer a more realistic and natural look compared to other alternatives.
2. Reduction of bone resorption:
When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone structure gradually recedes. Placing an implant in that empty space significantly reduces the speed of bone resorption and provides stability for this valuable tissue.
Patients who have experienced removable full or partial dentures know that keeping their dentures in place is always a challenge. Dental implants offer a great improvement to denture retention for all patients. In some cases, the denture can be secured to a group of implants with special screws that stabilize the denture completely.