We might lose a tooth or more in many ways like trauma, gum disease, fracturing in heavily filled teeth or after root canal therapy, infection, and decay. One of the options to replace missing tooth or teeth is by having dental implants.. Dental Implants give the dentist and patient a better way to restore that smile and return it to its youthful appearance.
What Are Implants?
The main part of a dental implant is called a fixture and replaces the root of the tooth. It is placed into the jaw bone like an infrastructure to support what will come afterwards above it. The success rate for implants surpasses 90%
This infrastructure can support a single tooth or they can be planned to support more, whether with a removable denture or fixed bridge.
The cosmetic benefits of implants are obvious as they preserve the bone, gums and teeth. Restoring the natural smile.
Best Options For Dental Implants
Dental implants are planned on individual basis, as their placement depends on many factors that cannot be generalized, like bone availability, bone quality, condition of remaining teeth, and medical condition.
–For A Single Tooth.
This can be a straight forward procedure. It might involve some bone grafting firt or together with implant placement. The fixture supports another part called abutment that is screwed to the fixture and protrudes through the gums. Then a crown is fabricated to either get screwed or cemented to the abutment. This will restore the tooth and preserve bone, it will also give the gums its natural appearance and contours around the crown.
Bridges are another option of replacing a missing tooth, but that will involve trimming sound tooth structure of the adjacent teeth, which might cause nerve damage to the these teeth, warranting their ultimate loss.
–For Multiple Teeth.
when more than one tooth is missing, either one implant is used per tooth, or implants can be sued to hold a bridge. Or implants can be sued to hold a removable denture.
–For All Teeth.
Implants can be used to give us more comfortable dentures by securing them with two implants that hold a denture. Or implants can be used to hold the entire dentition which is fixed by screws and can be removed by the dentist only. New techniques involve using only 4 implants to support an entire dentition.
Dental Implants Conclusion
Implants are the better option or replacing missing teeth. They are not the only option, but they definitely the closest thing to natural teeth, in function and cosmetics.please tell us if you had an experience with implants or you would like to share your opinion.
Articles are written by Dr M Hajarat.