Dental implants are permanent missing teeth replacements, and can span from full mouth dental implants to single tooth implants. They are biocompatible titanium screws that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums, and have proven to be a safe and effective missing teeth replacement for over 30 years.
Dental implants fuse with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration to replace missing roots. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth/crowns onto them or even dentures, helping them to feel more natural in your mouth. They are made from materials that work well with the human body and serve as a strong and safe foundation for replacement teeth.
These are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth is (or teeth are) attached or grouped on a bridge or denture.
These consist of a metal frame fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.
Transosteal implants are either a metal pin or a U-shaped frame that passes through the jaw bone and the gum tissue into the mouth.
When properly fitted, maintained and cared for, dental implants from full mouth dental implants to single tooth implants can have many benefits including:
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.
Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth—an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges—as well as individual crowns placed over implants—feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
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