A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don”t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
The development and use of dental implants has been one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. U.S dentists place more than 5.5 million annually.
Single Tooth Implant
Dental implants don”t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
Implant Supported Bridge
An Implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthesis supported by one or more implants replacing three or more teeth or two bridges on implants. An Implant-supported fixed bridge can either screw retained or cemented. Screw-retained prosthesis allows for removal of the bridge if needed. Cemented bridge cannot be removed as it is on permanently.
Implant Supported Denture
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn”t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. However these provide a great support and allow for proper utilization of both upper and lower implants.
Screw Retained Denture
A screw retained denture is another method of retaining dentures with implants. Unlike other methods, these dentures are actually retained with small screws into the implants allowing them to only be removed by your dentist. Due to their high retention, they also allow majority of the excess acrylic in the dentures to be removed and making the look and feel much more natural and comfortable.