All about Dental Implants
Tooth loss has a very negative impact on a person's life. In particular, tooth loss will damage a person's eating ability, appearance, speech and self-esteem. And with the ever improving and growing technology, dental implants are quickly becoming the first choice for those with missing teeth.
Dental implants are an ideal option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to accidents, oral disease or other reason. Advanced and high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more reliable than the usual bridgework and protect your existing teeth, since implants do not hold on to neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants are so natural looking and feel natural as well. You wouldn't have to worry hiding your smile because of gaps, missing tooth or discoloration. With dental implants, you'll be smiling a lot. All you have to do is follow the proper maintenance and it can last a lifetime.
What dental implants can do?
- Implants can be used to replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth. Are highly effective in restoring function and it can be matched to your teeth's original color.
- Support and maintain a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable denture.
- Provides support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
There are two basic categories of implants - those that are placed into the bone and those that lay on top of the bone:
1. Endosteal Implant:
This type of dental implant is placed directly into the bone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth and generally, this type of implant is used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures. A single pin or screw can be inserted through an existing tooth to strengthen and stabilize it.
2. Subperiosteal Implant:
This type of dental implant is used for patients who are unable to wear dentures and who have minimal bone height. The individually designed metal framework fits over the remaining bone, providing the equivalent of multiple tooth roots. It may be used in a limited area or when all the teeth are missing in the entire mouth.
Why are dental implants more beneficial than dentures and bridges?
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, unlike dentures and bridges. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
- Since dental implants are joined into the structure of the bone, they prevent bone loss and the collapsing of gums that often accompany bridges and dentures.
- With dental implants, they are inserted through the gum or screwed to the bone, leaving your permanent teeth untouched. Unlike with the bridgework, the quality of the adjacent tooth is sacrificed as it is where the bridge is getting its support.
- Dental implants will allow you to once again speak, eat, laugh and smile with comfort and confidence. They are tightly and securely placed and offer freedom from the annoying constant clicks and wobbles of dentures - making dental implants more reliable than ever.