How do dental implants work?
An implant is composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-coloured crown that is attached on top of the implant.
Among dental replacement options, dental implants are considered to be the most natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. Whether tooth loss was caused by decay, injury, gum disease, oral defects, or other issues, dental implants can provide a durable replacement. Unlike removable tooth replacement options, dental implants can deliver unparalleled security and stability, which reduces the risk of gum irritation and eliminates movement.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile. Dentures can be constructed to work in harmony with specially placed dental implants.
A full smile achieved with dental implants can improve quality of life and self-confidence when talking, chewing, speaking, and smiling. For optimal results, all dental implants are highly customised according to the specific needs of each patient and designed to fuse permanently with the jawbone.
Since the implanted titanium post must fuse to the jawbone, dental implants need to have sufficient jawbone density for support. Some patients with inadequate jawbone density may have the option to undergo a bone grafting procedure to add healthy jawbone volume. It is also important that you have good overall health and have healthy gum tissue if you are considering dental implants.
During the initial consultation, Dr Baz will perform a comprehensive oral exam and determine if dental implants could be the right option for you.
What are the implant options?
- Single Tooth Implants
- Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
- Implant Dentures
Are there alternatives to dental implants?
In many cases dental implants are by far the most functional, reliable, and natural looking method of tooth replacement. Unfortunately, not everyone is well-suited for dental implants and may need to consider other alternatives for replacing missing teeth
Dental Bridges – Bridges are custom designed to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge features a row of fused tooth restorations to fill the gap and can either be a removable prosthesis or fixed in placed by attachments to the surrounding teeth. The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
Partial dentures – A partial denture is a removable prosthetic device that is custom-designed to replace multiple missing teeth throughout the upper or lower jaw. They are made from either acrylic, flexible acrylic, or cobalt chrome to which prosthetic teeth are added. The partial denture fits snugly in place and may use small clasps for added stability.
Full Dentures – When an entire arch of teeth is missing, a full, removable denture can provide a natural-looking replacement for all the upper or lower teeth. A denture usually has a resin base with a full arch of prosthetic teeth attached. Dentures are customised to fit over the gums and remain in place with the help of suction and/or adhesives.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants contact our team at Evergreen Dental Care for a complimentary consultation.