Dental implants are tooth root replacements supported by the jawbones that allow for dental prosthetics such as single tooth, bridges, or dentures to be held firmly in place. The implants act as bone anchors to stabilize the teeth and prosthetics in your mouth. The root-shaped dental implants are most often placed within the jawbones, and they directly take the position of teeth when bone loss from the jaws has been severe.
Modern implants bond with the bones through a process called Osseointegration, a development whereby bone cells grow onto and form a direct connection with the implant's surface. This implant-to-bone contact is excellent and provides a solid and safe attachment point for teeth, bridges, and dentures. This dependable, long-term solution then allows for the creation of tooth replacements that serve to improve the facial appearance, smile aesthetics, and lip support. Also, the normal functions of the mouth, such as chewing ability, improvement of speech, are restored. The further bone loss from the jaws is also restricted. All these benefits of dental implants will, in turn, serve to raise the self-confidence of an individual.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants help to maintain the strength and shape of your smile and face.
- They provide the best choice to achieve teeth that are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth
- A dental implant allows you to return to a more diverse and regular diet
- They are absolutely comfortable, improving both appearance and function and thereby reinforcing the self-esteem of a person.
- They don't cause any harm to your existing teeth, and in most cases, your remaining natural teeth will last longer.
- They offer support and stability to the existing ill-fitting dentures.
- They allow the tooth replacement to be positioned more like your own teeth, thus boosting the function and appearance, enabling you to enjoy eating and social interaction.
What are the various types of Dental Implants?
- Single Tooth Dental Implant: A single tooth dental implant is a secure, self-supporting tooth replacement, and it consists of a crown attached to an implant inserted in the jaw bone, like the root portion of a tooth. It resembles and feels very much like a natural tooth and is not markedly different from your existing teeth. Also, it doesn't cause any damage to the adjacent teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridgework:They are often referred to as fixed bridges, and unlike partial dentures, they don't have to be removed daily. A dental bridge replaces several missing teeth with a single bridge which consists of multiple crowns held together side by side and are supported by the adjacent teeth at either end. The implant-supported bridges are not prone to attack from dental decay as there is no original tooth structure left behind to decay.
- Dental Implant Supported Dentures:The dental implants can stabilize and support dentures and the alternatives available - either fixed or removable dentures are selected based on the individual patient requirements. Fixed implant over-dentures are secured to the jaws through a screw connection to the implants; these dentures can be removed by your dentist for a cleaning, repairing and maintenance, but can't be removed by the patient. Implant Retained Over-dentures can also be planned to be removable by the patient. Some patients will prefer this feature; the dentures are firmly attached to the implants for daily function but can be removed by the patient to maintain and clean the dentures out of the mouth.
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