Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. During a healing period, the bone grows around the implant. Then a replacement tooth, or crown, is attached to the metal post, giving you a restoration that is a lot like natural tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth used as abutments to dental bridge or support full denture for greater stability.
Different Types of Dental Procedure
Single tooth replacement/Implant-supported crown: Because the implant acts as the support for the crown, and not the adjacent teeth, this helps in preserving the integrity of its adjacent teeth which will prevent future damage to these teeth.
Implant-supported bridge: This type of procedure is a better option than getting a partial denture because it prevents bone resorption. The implant roots act like a natural tooth root for the bridge, making it more stable and natural-looking.
Implant-supported dentures: Dentures are often ill-fitting and have but a fraction of the chewing and cutting efficiency of natural teeth. Implant-supported denture typically requires two to four dental implants on each jaw. Using implants secures and stabilizes the denture. The denture is still removable, but it is connected by ball and socket connection for easy cleaning. When denture is supported by implant, the biting force greatly increases as compared to conventional denture.
ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
- Implant post is made of titanium, its bio-compatible properties give the ability to fuse to natural bone and function as part of it.
- Restores the ability to chew and speak properly
- It prevents further bone degeneration in the jaw
- Creates a youthful look
- Boosts confidence
Candidates for Dental Implant
- Patients with healthy gums and bone; patients with good periodontal health
- Patients who commit to a meticulous oral hygiene routine
- Patients with good overall health, no serious medical issues such as diabetes