Dental Implants…Changing the face of dentistry over the last 25 years.
Replacing missing teeth is important to your overall health as well as to the health of your other teeth. You don’t only lose chewing capacity when you loose a tooth, but not replacing lost teeth can cause your other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create additional problems. Plus, there are also the obvious problems of poor appearance as well as loss of self-esteem caused by one or more
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and have the added advantage of providing a permanent solution to having removable partials, bridges or complete dentures.
A Permanent Solution
A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth, along with a crown or series of crowns, or even a complete denture. Dental implants are extremely versatile and can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws.
Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone, called osseointegration (“osseo” – bone; “integration” – fusion or joining with), is the biological basis of dental implant success.
Because of this, dental implants can be used as a long-term solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Single Tooth Replacement
For a single tooth, a titanium implant is placed in the jaw bone to replace the root and allowed to heal. Next, a second piece, called an abutment, is secured to the implant with a screw secured to an internal thread on the implant. The actual tooth replacement, the dental crown, is secured to the abutment with dental cement.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
In multiple tooth replacement, the same concepts used in single tooth replacement apply. But in this case, two or more implants may replace many teeth. The fixture is referred to as an implant supported bridge or implant supported fixed partial denture.
Restoring An Entire Arch of Teeth
To restore an entire arch of teeth, the restoration can be either fixed or removable. In a fixed complete denture, a denture with a metal substructure is attached to four or more implants.
A removable denture can also be created, where the implants have a small button or ball abutment and the denture houses an adapter which grabs the abutment. In this case, the denture can be removed with finger pressure by the wearer.