Implants are one of the newest and best advancements of modern dentistry
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant or implants are one of the newest and best advancements modern dentistry has to offer. Implants allow us to replace missing teeth, anchor fixed partial dentures or complete removable dentures, or even allow a person who is wearing complete dentures or is faced with wearing complete dentures to have a complete fixed dentition just like their own natural teeth before they were lost.
About Dental Implants
When describing a dental implant, the best comparison is to that of a natural tooth. The part of your teeth that you use to chew and that you can see is called the crown of the tooth. This crown is supported by the part of the tooth embedded in bone which is called the root. An implant is basically a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. When placed in your jaw, an implant becomes firmly attached to the bone. Bone cells have a strong affinity for the titanium in the implant, and during integration, the implant actually fuses to the bone. Once this process takes place (typically in 6 weeks to 6 months) we can use an attachment to the implant called an abutment to attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant.
When both the tooth and root are damaged beyond repair, the best permanent replacement is a single-tooth implant: a single unit combining a dental implant with a ceramic crown. Usually, the implant will also get a post or abutment screwed onto it to support the ceramic crown.
This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth. Often, depending on the patient’s mouth, an immediately functioning temporary tooth can be placed. This helps to create an excellent esthetic result, with shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, or are faced with losing a tooth or teeth, dental implants may be the most natural tooth replacement available. Implants are rapidly becoming the restoration of choice for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants can be the best solution for the person wearing complete dentures. As few as two implants may be placed and either a new denture fabricated or the existing denture retrofitted to attach to the implants. This allows a greater degree of stability and retention than ever possible with traditional complete dentures. Healthy jawbone is needed to securely anchor the dental implant(s).