A dental implant is a device that serves as an artificial tooth root. It holds non-removable artificial teeth in place, acts as an anchoring point for orthodontic work, and helps to keep facial prosthetics from shifting out of position. Another name for a dental implant is an endosseous implant. Its small screws anchor to your jawbone to support a dental bridge, crown, or denture.
Dental implants make the ideal restoration for missing teeth. When one or more of your teeth are missing, it affects your ability to chew or speak properly. It may also make you feel more self-conscious. Besides losing the tooth itself, you may suffer from bone loss after the tooth is extracted due to disease or lost in an accident.
Why Patients Prefer Dental Implants
It is easy to understand why patients prefer to receive dental implants over other restorations if given the opportunity. Removable dentures fill the gap left by missing teeth, but many people find wearing them to be a hassle. They must be cleaned separately, you have to avoid several foods, and they may cause embarrassment by falling out of your mouth unexpectedly. You can receive dental implants whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your natural teeth.
Each of your natural teeth has a crown and a root. The crown is covered with white enamel and is the part you can see. The root acts as a support for the crown and goes down into your jawbone. When you receive a dental implant, it replaces the roots of your missing tooth. The titanium post of each implant attaches securely to your jawbone to provide an anchor for your new replacement tooth.
The reason we use titanium is that it has the unique ability to fuse to your jawbone directly. This process, known as osseointegration, allows for the replacement roots to integrate with your existing bone without your body rejecting them.
Different Types of Dental Implants
As the name implies, a single implant replaces an individual missing tooth. It is not necessary to prepare the teeth on either side of it to provide support as with a dental bridge. A fixed implant is appropriate when you are missing several consecutive teeth. It sometimes connects to another implant to act as an anchor point for additional restorations. Removable implants offer support for dentures. Unlike the others, this dental restoration is not permanently affixed. You are able to remove it by disconnecting the dentures from the implants.
Dental implants offer firm support, a more natural appearance, and greater comfort than any other type of treatment to replace missing teeth. With proper care, you can expect them to last for the remainder of your life.