Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you missing several teeth?
Are you tired of wearing a partial denture?
Are your dentures loose or do not function the way you know that they should?
These are just a few of the dental problems that dental implants can solve.
You may be wondering what a dental implant is and how it works.
Well, it is really not that complicated to understand. A dental implant is a highly specialized metal material that is in the shape of a tooth’s root. If you were to see one you might think that it looks like a screw. The dental implant also has a special coating on its surface that encourages your bone cells to fuse your bone directly to the implant, creating a very firm attachment between your bone and the implant.
You may also be wondering how an implant is placed.
Again, this is not too complicated to understand. Using a series of increasingly sized drill bits, all small in appearance, the site of your missing tooth is prepared for the implant. When the dental implant is placed, the threads on the implant gently engage the bone just enough to stabilize the implant. Once the implant is placed, your bone cells will now take over, producing new bone that will integrate and eventually fuse itself to the implant’s surface. When the appropriate time has passed and you have had the proper bone-to-implant integration, you are then ready to have the implant restored with your crown, bridge or denture.
What are the benefits of having dental implants?
There are many benefits and great value in using dental implants.
- The first benefit is that an implant is the most conservative way to replace a missing tooth. You do not have to use additional adjacent teeth to help replace that one missing tooth. Your implant will function just as your lost tooth had. You will be able to brush and floss just like you were able to when your missing tooth was present. If you are wearing partial dentures now, you can replace your missing teeth with implants and won’t have to worry about wearing those bulky partials any more. Those of you with loose dentures won’t have to worry about sore gums and moving dentures with the use of implants.
- Another benefit is that, in most cases, once your implants have integrated into your bone, you won’t have to worry about that site in your mouth again, provided there are no unforeseen events such as injury. There are so many more benefits that are specific to each patient’s own social and private life which make dental implants a truly fantastic and beneficial solution for many dental problems.