What are Dental Implants?
How are Dental Implants used in Restorative Dentistry?
When a single tooth is lost and still has other teeth surrounding it, a lot of shifting in between the teeth may occur and an unslightly appearance may come about. Many patient seek dental implants as means of improving cosmetic appearance following the loss of a tooth. A dental implant has the look, feel and function of a natural tooth, and its positioning within the bone where the prior tooth was once rooted prevents other teeth from shifting out of place. The result is simply amazing, and looks very natural.
Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?
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 period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown ( cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability. Most patient with bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and 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.
Benefits of Dental Implants
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 gum 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.
Patient 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.