Are Dental Implants?
devices that replace the roots of missing teeth, and are used to
support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are placed in your
jawbone surgically. Most of the time, implants feel more natural
and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as
Dental implants are an
ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost
a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some
other reason. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling,
you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Under proper conditions,
such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance,
implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are intimately connected
with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists
are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas,
they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do
periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals,
they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that
you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own.
We will consult with
you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending
on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your
periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your
Parts of a Dental Implant
tooth has two main parts:
: which is in the bone and holds the tooth in place
: the visible teeth part most people think of as the tooth
implant is a titanium screw that is carefully positioned into the
jawbone to act as a foundation for supporting artificial teeth,
crowns, bridges or dentures.
A dental implant
can be viewed very smiliar to that of a natural tooth.
It has following components
Implant Posts: An implant post is a titanium "screw"
surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw that act as a replacement
root for the missing tooth. Implant posts are normally threaded
on its external surface and the internal aspect of the implant is
usually a hollow well with screw threads. Titanium is chosen for
this purpose because titanium is inert, biocompatible and integrates
with the surrounding jaw bone with minimal risk of infection.
: An abutment acts as the "stump" that holds the crown or false
tooth that is screwed into the implant posts.
: The crown is the visible
false tooth of the implant restoration. Crowns on implants resembles
a crown on natural tooth in almost every way. Crowns on implants
can be porcelain fused to metal crowns or full ceramic crowns.
to replace missing teeth
There are many reasons why it's
important to replace missing teeth:
- Having all of your
teeth can make you more self-confident. You don't worry that people
notice that you have teeth missing.
- When teeth are
lost, the area of the jawbone that held those teeth starts to erode.
Over time, you can lose so much bone that your jaw will need a bone
graft to build up the bone in your jaw before your dentist can place
implants or make a denture that fits properly.
- Tooth loss affects
how well you chew and what foods you are able to eat. Many people who
have missing teeth have poor nutrition, which can affect overall health.
- The loss of teeth
can change your bite, that is the way your teeth come together. Changes
in your bite can lead to problems with your jaw joint, called the temporomandibular
- Losing teeth can
lead to changes in your speech, which also can affect your self-confidence.
The key to the success
of all implants is a process called osseointegration,
in which the bone in the jaw bonds with the implant. Titanium
is a special material that the jawbone accepts as part of the body. The
ability of titanium to fuse with bone was discovered accidentally. In
1952, a scientist named Per-Ingvar Brånemark was using titanium
chambers screwed into bones as part of his research to discover how bone
healed after an injury. When he tried to remove the titanium chambers,
he found they had become bonded to the bone. This discovery led Dr. Brånemark
to do further research into how titanium implants might work.
Implants Versus Alternatives
Depending on your particular problem, implants can be more expensive than
the alternatives (dentures or bridge).
While the upfront
cost for implants can be more than for other types of restorations, the
investment can pay off in the long run. You do not necessarily need an
implant for every missing tooth. Your dentist can discuss how many implants
you will need. Dental
implants are the effective replacement for lost teeth that place into
your jaw to hold a false tooth or bridge.
As anchors in the jawbone, dental implants form a stable foundation for
permanent attachment of the crown; Dental Implants are ideal option for
people in good general oral health who lost a tooth or teeth.
Implants are more teeth saving than traditional crown
and bridge, grinding of adjacent teeth does not take place,
and loss of bone tissue by atrophy is prevented, since implants, as "artificial
dental roots", transmit the chewing forces into the jawbone.
A single implant as root substitute is the most elegant way of achieving
a cosmetically ideal closure of the gap.In completely edentulous jaws,
dental implants are a secure fixation method for removable full
dentures and so spare the patients the usual disadvantages
of conventional "False teeth" and allow you speak and eat with
comfort not worries about misplaced dentures.
Other benefits of implants include:
Because implants are imbedded in your bone, they feel more like your
natural teeth than bridges or dentures.
Convenience — You will not need to worry about
denture adhesives or having your dentures slip, click or fall out when
— You will be able to chew better with implants. Chewing can be
difficult with regular dentures, especially ones that don't fit perfectly.
A regular upper denture also covers your palate, which can reduce your
sense of taste.
implants are so much like your natural teeth, you will think about them
less. Your self-esteem and confidence will be improved because you will
not have to worry about denture problems or people noticing that you
have missing teeth. Regular dentures also can affect your speech, which
can make you less self-confident when talking with others.
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