Dental Implants

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WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They are biocompatible titanium posts, which are placed into the upper or lower jawbone. Through a process called "osseointegration", the dental implant "fuses" with your own bone and becomes a part of your body much like your natural teeth. After this process, an abutment and crown are attached to the dental implant to complete the tooth replacement. Implants can also be used to retain bridges and dentures.

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DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT

Dental implants can offer the following advantages over other conventional treatments, such as fixed bridges.

ADVANTAGES:

More long-lasting - bridges generally have a 10-12 year lifespan before they need to be replaced, dental implants usually last a lifetime

More conservative - does not compromise otherwise healthy neighboring teeth

More hygienic - can be brushed and flossed like your natural teeth since it is not connected to neighboring teeth

Less expensive - since they usually do not need to be replaced over time, implants will less costly long term

MULTIPLE TEETH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

Dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth by attaching fixed bridge to them. They can also aid in the replacement of a full set of teeth by helping to secure dentures. When compared to conventional removable dentures, there are many advantages.

ADVANTAGES:

Stability - since the denture "snaps" into the implants, dentures can no longer move around in your mouth

Chewing ability - the implants allow for stronger biting forces so you are able to eat and break down more foods

Improved health - since there are less restrictions, you can eat a more regular and healthy diet

Maintains bone - unlike conventional dentures that slowly erode your bone, the bone is maintained around dental implants

Dental implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The implantation procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, but also is considered a form of cosmetic dentistry.

How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures. The major benefit of implants is solid support for your new teeth — a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant. Because this bone healing requires time, the process can take many months.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. The goal of teeth replacement in dentistry is to restore function as well as aesthetics.