The goal in dentistry is always to replace what is missing as similarly as possible to nature. While we aren't yet able to grow a new tooth, a dental implant does an excellent job of replicating nature when done properly. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is implanted into the jaw bone. After the jaw bone fuses to the dental implant, a porcelain crown is placed on the dental implant. The advantage of a dental implant is that the porcelain crown is permanently placed in the mouth without having to touch adjacent teeth. Patients can chew on them just like their natural teeth and floss in between the implant and teeth. For patients that are missing multiple teeth, dental implants can be used to permanently place a dental bridge in the space of missing teeth. When patients are missing all of their teeth, dental implants can be used to snap a denture into place with an overdenture, or permanently replace all of the teeth using a dental hybrid or all on four technique.
Before and After
Treatment options for replacing a missing tooth include a removable partial denture, a dental bridge, and a dental implant. Many people find that dental implants are superior to the alternative options because dental implants are more similar to natural teeth than the alternatives. Dental implants do not need to be taken out like removable partial dentures because dental implants are permanently fixed in the mouth. Dental implants do not affect the teeth next to the implant like a dental bridge. Similar to a natural tooth, dental implants have a "root" and a "crown." For these reasons, many patients find that dental implants are the best option for them; however, every case is unique so we recommend a consultation with our dental team prior to deciding which tooth replacement option you would like to pursue.
Why Are Dental Implants Better than Alternatives?
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a root shaped titanium device that replaces a missing tooth. Once the dental implant is placed into the site of the missing tooth and allowed enough time to heal, a porcelain crown is placed onto the dental implant. For patients that are missing several teeth or all of their teeth, it is possible to use a dental implant to retain a removable partial denture or retain a complete denture. The dental implant is made to allow the denture to "snap" into the implants so that the denture stays in place. Dental implants can be life changing procedures for our patients, so we are excited about the possibilities they can provide.
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If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, we are more than happy to provide a free consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We offer online scheduling through the link below.