Teeth implants are a modern tooth restoration option, which can be used to replace a single tooth, a range of missing teeth, or a full set of teeth. Commonly also referred to as dental implants, teeth implants are small screws made of titanium, which can act as substitutes for the root portion of natural teeth.
Dental implants are fitted into the jawbone, after the drilling of a tiny hole. During the healing period, bone grows around the dental implants, effectively fusing with them, which enables prosthetic teeth to be later anchored to them. Prosthetic teeth are usually made of porcelain, which together with an abutment, are attached to the teeth implants, once the healing process has progressed sufficiently.
A Second Chance in Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in modern dentistry. Combining science and technology, implants replace single teeth or multiple teeth and mimic Mother Nature in both function and esthetics.
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons. Dental decay, periodontal disease, and trauma are but a few reasons why we lose teeth. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not intend for us to incise and chew our food with missing teeth! Losing a tooth is like knocking over the first domino.
Although our friends may not know we are missing a few posterior teeth, missing teeth place the burden of chewing on remaining teeth. This burden, coupled with large
The reasons for replacing a lost tooth are multiple and have already been discussed in previous editorials. The one thing that almost all dentists will agree upon is that except in very rare and specific circumstances, a missing tooth should be replaced. There are multiple ways to replace a missing tooth. Each with its own set of risks, benefits, expected longevity, and costs.
Choices for replacing a missing tooth can be broken down into two major categories; removable and fixed. As the term implies, removable appliances can be taken out of one’s mouth, cleaned and reinserted by the patient. Fixed appliances are not intended to be removed and are generally cemented or bonded in place.