Have you lost your teeth and feel too self-conscious to smile, talk, or even eat in front of others? It’s time for Dental Implants then as they are the best option available for replacing missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure is the placement of prosthetic teeth and it is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth that looks and function just like natural teeth. This procedure is a form of prosthetic or artificial replacement dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and they provide a strong foundation for fixed or permanent replacement teeth and they bond with the natural bone.
With proper care and maintenance, the dental implant procedure can provide a smile that lasts a lifetime. The implant procedure is one of the safest and most successful in dental and cosmetic practices when placed by an experienced team of dental implant professionals.
Few of the common dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease can make the implant treatment less effective so before an implantation treatment is considered, any underlying oral health issues must first be addressed.
Parts of dental implants:
The Fixture/implant, the abutment, and crown are the three main parts of dental implants.
- Fixture/Implants: The traditional implant consists of a titanium screw or post that is embedded or bonded within a patient’s jawbone. This screw, also known as titanium post functions as a tooth root. Implants are embedded into the jawbone due to the ability of the surface of the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone through a natural process known as osseointegration. Zygomatic implants are used especially in patients with severe bone loss when there is no enough bone available for dental implant surgery. These have much longer lengths than those used in conventional dental implants and are embedded in the Zygoma (cheekbone).
- Abutment: The abutment also known as the connector is placed on the top of the dental implant and it fastens the prosthetic teeth to the implant. It holds and supports the custom-made crowns which are made to fit your mouth. A small screw runs through the dental prosthesis and into the abutment to keep it tight and firm.
- Crown/Cap: It is an artificial replacement for the coronal part of the missing tooth/teeth. The crown is designed to be strong and appear as a natural tooth. The Crown is designed in a lab and customized according to the patient’s mouth. Prosthetic teeth that are designed for implants can be for a single tooth or a full set of teeth, also known as full-arch prosthesis.
Having a brief understanding of Dental Implants, let’s move to read as to
What are the types of dental implants?
- Conventional Dental Implants –
Single tooth, bridge, and full arch are the 3 different types of conventional dental implants
Single: In this type, an individual implant is placed to replace a single tooth that is lost such as a missing molar, lost anterior, or a front tooth. A healing period is required after the implant is placed and before the final crown is fitted.
Bridge: A bridge is usually supported by implants or healthy teeth from both ends and it fixes crowns over the area of missing teeth.
Full Arch: Full arch implants are placed for a patient with completely missing teeth who wish for a full set of upper or lower teeth, full-arch implants are recommended as full arch are the whole set of prosthetic teeth fixed onto 4 or more implants.
2. Zygomatic –
Zygomatic dental implants are embedded into the cheekbone and in this method, it replaces the teeth in the upper jaw as this procedure is performed in case there is a severe bone loss in patients. The method of embedding and the length of the implant are quite different in zygomatic implants and conventional dental implants.
Ever wondered what dental implants can do for you?
- Replaces missing teeth: Tooth loss can be caused due to several reasons such as tooth decay, periodontal or gum disease, medications, chemotherapy, accident, injury, etc. Replacing a lost tooth is imperative as it stimulates the growth of jaw bone, prevents bone loss, and helps to support facial and bone features. Implants restore your jawbone structure because they reduce the load on the rest of the oral structures in your mouth.
- Improves the ability to chew and eat: Dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to bite and chew through a variety of foods they love, without having to struggle to chew. Implants are suggested because dentures restore only up to 25% of bite strength whereas the implants often restore 80-100% of a patient’s original bite strength after the healing period.
- Improved appearance and confident look: Implants are an effective cosmetic treatment for many patients to get strong and natural-looking teeth and regain the confidence to socialize without worrying about their looks or fear if the dentures will fall out while they talk or eat.
To help you determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with our dentist at Credence Dental is recommended as a dentist will thoroughly examine your oral conditions and evaluate bone density and quantity to accommodate implants.