The Many Advantages and Uses of Dental Implants When Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental Implants just like Dental Bridges or Dentures are used for replacement of missing teeth.Dental Implants just like Dental Bridges or Dentures are used for replacement of missing teeth.
The many advantages to dental implants include:
- They are permanent and long lasting. Once the implant is integrated in the bone they are there for life. They are fixed to the bone just like a real tooth, and are not removable like dentures.
- They feel and look just like natural teeth.
- They are aesthetic and can be made to look even better than the original teeth.
- They are strong and durable. They do not decay like a natural tooth would.
- They preserve the bone and prevent bone loss after tooth extraction
Dental Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They can support a single crown to replace just one missing tooth, or for multiple teeth, they can support a bridge or can be used to support full dentures making the dentures more stable.
What Are Dental Implants and Why Use Them?
A dental implant is a screw like anchor that is used as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. The surgical implant components are made from special materials that are compatible with the human body such as titanium and are designed to integrate with the bone of the upper or lower jaw.
The procedure involved with modern dental titanium implant surgery depends on a biological process known as osseointegration. This involves the implants being embedded in such a way that a bond is formed between the implant and the bone. Because of this, healing times can vary, and a considerable amount of time (3-6 months usually) may be required before a crown, a bridge or a denture can be placed on top of the dental implant(s).
Once the surgery is completed and the implants have integrated, they are used as anchors for artificial teeth. The restorative part of a dental implant involves the placement of a dental crown, dental bridges or dentures on top of dental implants to replace the missing teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
Q: Are implants a long term solution?
A: Yes, most implants are permanent and can last a lifetime, provided that they are properly cared for.
Q: Are they better than dentures?
A: Because they are fixed to the bone they don’t move around like dentures do, and are not removable, therefore they feel more like natural teeth than dentures.
Q: Can implants lead to the deterioration of your bone?
A: On the contrary, a well-designed dental implant will protect your bone and stimulate its natural strength and firmness, preventing long term deterioration and other jawbone problems.
Q: How successful are dental implants?
A: Compared to other tooth restoration methods, dental implants are far more successful and more predictable, having an impressive track record among our patients for consistent, long lasting, positive results. Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care implants can last a lifetime.