Some patients who wear false teeth are unable to keep their dentures in place without the aid of an adhesive. Sometimes the anatomy or shape…
The world of implant dentistry has steadily evolved over the past few decades. Implants are now considered the ideal treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is best described as a small titanium screw that mimics the natural tooth root. It is surgically placed into the jawbone. With the passage of time, it fuses to the surrounding bone and functions the same way as your natural tooth root.
There are many benefits to using implants to replace missing teeth:
- Unlike a bridge, where healthy enamel is trimmed from adjacent teeth, an implant does not involve the adjacent teeth.
- Implants preserve the bone after tooth removal. They help to maintain the height, width, and thickness of the bone.
- They can last a lifetime when properly cared for and when there are no abnormal forces at play such as during tooth grinding or clenching.
- They can support dentures. This type of denture, which is known as an Over-Denture, eliminates the need for dental adhesives and enables the patient to speak and chew with ease because the denture is stable and not moving. And it eliminates sore spots that can arise when a denture is loose.
- There are metal-free ceramic implants for use in patients with metal sensitivities or allergies.
- Implants are sometimes placed immediately after tooth removal, which is especially encouraging for patients losing a front tooth.
- They are a great option for replacing teeth missing since birth.
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