During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
Dental implants play an essential role in restorative dentistry. Because they are permanent prosthetics that are both natural-looking and cosmetically appealing, implants can be used either for cosmetic purposes or for complete full-mouth restorations. The result is a strong, long lasting restoration.
Using Dental Implants in Restorative Dentistry
When you lose a single tooth, other teeth surrounding it may begin to shift, resulting in an unsightly appearance and bite issues. In the past, bridges were the preferred method of cosmetic restoration, but surrounding teeth had to be damaged in order to support the prosthesis. As an alternative, many patients seek dental implants as a means of improving function and cosmetic appearance following the loss of a tooth. A dental implant has the look, feel and function of a natural tooth, and its positioning within the bone where the prior tooth was once rooted prevents other teeth from shifting out of place.
In some severe cases, patients need to replace all of their teeth due to decay or other oral health complications. The teeth are vital to communication and digestion, so replacement is no longer a matter of cosmetic preference – but necessity. More and more patients are choosing implants instead of dentures, as they provide a permanent solution that requires less maintenance and also preserves more of the natural jaw bone surrounding the teeth.
Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?
Dr. Mullaney can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a period of time, your dentist will place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When compared to fixed bridges and removable dentures supported by other teeth or gum tissue, implants offer numerous advantages:
- Better esthetics: Since implants are placed in the gum similar to the way a natural tooth is supported, they offer a more realistic and natural look compared to other alternatives.
- Reduction of bone resorption: When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone structure gradually recedes. Placing an implant in that empty space significantly reduces future bone loss and provides stability for this valuable tissue.
- Retention: Keeping dentures in place is always a challenge. Dental implants offer a great improvement to denture retention for all patients. In some cases, the denture can be secured to a group of implants with special screws that stabilize the denture completely.
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The result is a visually appealing smile the wearer can be proud of.