Dental implants, sometimes known as endosseous fixtures, are a permanent replacement for missing teeth, anchored to the jaw bone in the same way as a natural tooth’s root. They give the appearance of a natural tooth, while restoring your ability to eat, bite, and even talk properly.
Unlike a bridge, there is no need for the destruction of healthy tooth material on adjacent teeth – it is a permanent fixture that does not need the same care and adjustment as a denture. Dental implants replace the entire tooth, from root to crown, for a strong, permanent replacement.
Adding an Implant
We will use x-rays to determine if you have enough bone structure to support an implant. If you don’t, you may be able to increase the available bone with a bone graft. Once Dr. Gruita is satisfied that an implant can be placed, a titanium rod, similar to a screw, is placed inside the gum. It will fuse with the bone through a process known as osseointegration, making it a permanent part of your mouth. Titanium is highly biocompatible, making it an ideal choice for this type of procedure.
Once the implant has fused to the jaw and your gum has healed, an abutment will be attached to it, allowing a crown to be placed on top. This crown will be customized to match your existing teeth, ensuring a visual and functional match for your entire mouth.
There are several methods available for using implants. A single implant can replace a single tooth, while multiple implants may be used to secure multiple implants or a dental bridge. Using the All-on-4 method, a denture can be secured to the upper arch, lower arch, or both.
While they are a desirable solution for missing teeth, implants are not for everyone. In order to receive dental implants, you must have enough bone structure to support the fixture. It is also important that you be free of any chronic diseases, and that you will maintain proper oral hygiene to care for the new implant.
Your options for replacing a missing tooth will be fully explored with your dentist. We can determine the best course of action, ensuring that you get the best care.
Additional Dental Implant Facts:
When teeth are restored with dental implants, cavities becomes a lesser risk. Replacement teeth do not decay like natural teeth, however, brushing, flossing, and regular care is still required. In addition, regular professional cleanings and check-ups are still recommended.
Implants are the only restoration for preserving and stimulating natural bone, enhancing bone growth and reducing bone loss.
Contemporary dental implants have been provided for decades and continue to be a recommended, safe, and proven treatment option.
Implants are the only tooth replacement option that provides the feel, function, and appearance of the original teeth.
To restore or enhance facial tissues, many patients also turn to implants.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, make an appointment with us today.