Dental implants are an advanced alternative to replacing lost teeth with dentures or bridges. Implants offer an aesthetically pleasing and durable result, creating the foundation for both fixed and removable replacement for missing teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is embedded into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. Through a process called osseointegration, it fuses to the bone to become a permanent part of your body. Once this has happened, an abutment can be attached, allowing your dentist to place a crown or secure dentures to it.
Implants require that you have sufficient bone mass to support them. This is usually determined with an x-ray or CT-scan, which is also used to determine the size and design of the implant you will need. In some cases, a bone graft can be performed to make dental implant placement possible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In comparison to dental bridges or removable dentures, implants offer a range of advantages:
Implants are designed to resemble the natural structure of the root of a tooth. Because it mimics the way teeth are naturally supported, it creates a realistic appearance for the restoration.
2. Slowing Bone Resorption
Without a tooth in place, the surrounding bone structure will begin to recede. Because an implant replaces the missing root, the speed of bone resorption is greatly reduced, providing protection and stability.
3. Improved Retention:
When used to hold dentures, implants offer increased security to keep them in place. There is no need for pastes or adhesives, making it more comfortable and easier to eat, talk, and smile throughout the day.
4. Improved Oral Health:
Dental bridges, or fixed dentures, require that surrounding teeth be prepared by removing healthy tooth structure in order to connect three or more teeth. This makes it more difficult to retain the natural teeth. Dentures can allow the gums and bone to deteriorate, which can also cause oral health concerns. As an implant is an independent structure, it does not negatively impact surrounding teeth and helps to support gum and bone structure.
Dental implants are long lasting. Over the past 40 years, they have proven to be a reliable replacement for natural teeth. With proper care, they can last for the rest of your life. Dr. Rizzo is an experienced implant dentist serving patients in Carlstadt. For more information, please call our office to schedule your consultation.
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