Dental implants are metal frames or posts that are positioned into your jaw under your gums. Once your implant is in place, we can proceed to mount a replacement tooth onto it.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
Since dental implants are fused to your jawbone, they offer a firm anchor for an artificial tooth. Bridges or dentures that are mounted to implants will not slip or shift within your mouth, which is particularly important when you speak or read. The secure fit that your dental implant offers will help bridges and dentures, as well as any dental crown that is placed over a dental implant, feel more normal than a traditional bridge or denture.
Unfortunately, conventional dentures and bridges are not an option for some people because of a lack of comfort, gagging, ridges, or sore spots. Conventional bridges must also be affixed to teeth on the sides of the gaps left by the missing teeth. Implants do not require that they be ground down to anchor a replacement tooth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
When you have teeth that are removed or lost, the situation goes beyond mere cosmetic concerns. This development can lead to bone resorbing or deteriorating. Not only that, but the teeth surrounding the resulting gap can also start to drift into the space left by your missing teeth, leading to other problems.
One of the key advantages to getting a dental implant is that it helps to preserve adjacent teeth. Since your implant functions as a substitute tooth root, it offers a firm foundation for artificial teeth. Adjacent teeth do not need to be affected at all.
Other teeth replacement techniques cannot replace missing roots and require altering adjacent teeth for the fitting of dentures or a bridge, which compromises the health of these teeth over time.
You can rest assured that your dental implant is designed to last your entire lifetime. Getting a dental implant leads to the highest documented success rates.