|Implant dentistry is a state-of-the-art tooth restoration option that is attractive, comfortable and permanent. Dental implants can restore full oral functioning and aesthetics following tooth loss due to decay, injury, extraction, periodontal disease or other conditions.Dental implants allow you to save your natural tooth structure by avoiding bridges, since dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.|
|Missing teeth not only diminish the attractiveness of a smile, but can cause difficulties with speaking and eating, and can lead to movement of remaining teeth. Dental implants provide long-term or permanent anchoring of crowns, dental bridges or dentures offering the added benefit of helping to stop the progress of bone loss in the jaw. They are as comfortable as real teeth and look completely natural. For many people, dental implants can last a lifetime, providing welcome relief from the noticeable signs of aging that premature tooth loss can hasten. They will blend naturally with your remaining teeth, without damaging them. In fact, dental implants can preserve the adjacent bone and gum tissue that is often worn down with conventional dentures and bridgework.|
The implant, which is made of titanium, is fitted in bone where the tooth root would normally be. When fully integrated to the bone, a post (or abutment) is attached to the implant and a crown, bridge or denture is then placed over the abutment to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Missing teeth often lose some of the surrounding soft tissue and bone. If this is a significant amount, soft tissue and/or bone grafting may also be required either at the same time as implant placement or beforehand.
The big advantage of a single tooth implant over a bridge is that it can replace the tooth without interfering with teeth on either side, unlike a bridge. Bridge teeth are joined together and floss cannot be passed in between like natural teeth or implant crowns.
If multiple teeth are missing then very often there are not enough teeth to provide long term support to bridges anyway. Implants are therefore essential to support multiple implant crowns or implant supported bridges.
If most or all of the teeth are missing then implant supported dentures may be an option. For full denture wearers, retention is often a big problem as bone support recedes. Even the best fitting dentures can feel loose. A full upper denture also requires a large area over the palate to obtain suction which can interfere with taste and the enjoyment of food. Implant supported dentures on the other hand are firmly clipped in and do not require the palate to be covered for suction.
Dentures, especially on the lower jaw, are prone to slipping and sliding, which can make chewing and speaking a difficult and potentially embarrassing chore. Because they utilize titanium anchors that are fused with the jawbone (replicating the natural root structure of a tooth), dental implants are more secure and often more comfortable than removable dentures while looking and feeling like real teeth.
Dental implants look and feel as natural as your original teeth. They feel so natural you may forget you ever lost a tooth!
What Dental Implants Can Do?
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth
- Replacing a series of teeth eliminate the need for a removable partial
- Provides support for a denture, making it more secure and strong
Dental Implants Benefits
There are numerous benefits to dental implants in comparison to other tooth restoration options, including:
- Permanence: Once dental implants are in place and have healed, a crown, bridge or dentures can be permanently secured to the titanium implant
- Flexibility: Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth in any location in the mouth
- Comfort – Since replacement teeth are permanently anchored to the jaw with dental implants, the teeth feel completely natural and as comfortable as real teeth
- Esthetic: Dental implants have the look and feel of your own teeth. Dental implants integrate into the bone structure, preventing bone loss and gum recession. This is a common downfall of having bridgework and dentures
- Tooth Saving: They preserve healthy neighboring teeth from the
grinding required in conventional bridge treatment. Because the teeth next to the space are not altered to support the implant, your own teeth are left untouched
- Confidence: Dental implants can secure dentures in place, giving you the confidence to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence! Like a snap of a button, implant abutments can be made to snap in the opposing part inserted in a denture. No more messy pastes and glues.
- Reliable: Today, the success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered the best option for tooth replacement. There is no option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth or securing dentures as reliable as dental implants.
- Tooth alignment – Tooth restorations attached to dental implants prevent teeth from shifting, maintaining alignment.
- Bone strength – When teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth can begin to atrophy and weaken over time. If left unchecked, this process (called resorption) can cause the jawbone to become unstable and can lead to further tooth loss. Dental implants stimulate new bone growth around the implant, strengthening the bone structure. They help to preserve the natural jaw bone and consequently the facial structures and form.
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