Implant Placement and Restoration
There is no substitute for natural teeth, but when they are lost for any reason dental implants are the closest we can get to mimicking nature. Dental implants can be used to replace virtually any missing tooth in your mouth. While we make every effort to save a tooth, there are situations where tooth loss is inevitable. In these situations, dental implants are a viable option to restore teeth that have been lost.
A dental implant is composed of the 3 components: the implant, the crown, and the special attachment called an ‘abutment’ which connects the crown and implant. The implant itself is composed of titanium and this portion, like your natural tooth root, is placed in bone. The crown portion of a dental implant is typically composed of a tooth-colored ceramic material and this portion mimics your natural tooth. The abutment is a special type of connector critical to the function and natural appearance of your crown. While it’s not visible to the naked eye, it gives strength, support, and function to the crown portion of your dental implant.
Dental implants are a long-term restorative option with many benefits. Dental implants eliminate the need for a dental bridge when replacing single or multiple teeth and in doing so conserve your natural teeth. Implants can also stabilize a loose fitting denture or even permanently fix your denture in your mouth. If you have an upper or lower partial denture, dental implants can restore all the missing teeth in your partial and eliminate the need for a partial denture all together.
Clearly, dental implants improve quality of life and overall health. With implants, you no longer have to worry about dentures or partial dentures becoming loose during a meal. Instead, you can enjoy meals and decide food choice based on nutrition goals or personal preference- not what you are able to chew with your denture. Another benefit to implants is preservation of your jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, the bone holding the tooth in place is lost over time as well. This can lead to a slight sinking in of your facial musculature in the area of tooth loss and can become very noticeable in cases where many teeth have been lost. Dental implants not only restore your ability to chew and speak naturally, they also preserve your jaw bone giving your facial musculature the support it needs to maintain vitality.
Dental Implants are perhaps one of the greatest innovations in dentistry in the 21st century, we are glad to discuss this treatment option to see if it is right for you.