Chances are you’ve already heard all about dental implants and how they’re now regarded as the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. But a lot of people still have questions about implants. To start, what makes them so sought-after when it comes to replacing single or multiple teeth?
Implants function almost the same exact way as natural teeth. Their titanium roots are placed into the jaw in the same manner that real teeth are held into place. Because titanium is extremely biocompatible, it allows the body to create new bone around the implant and securely support it for years to come. In fact, the support is so strong that it’s regarded to be even stronger than that of a natural tooth root. This promotes bone health throughout the mouth, as well as the weight bearing capabilities of the prosthesis. A healthy dental implant is easy to care for, and looks just like a normal tooth in the mouth.
Because implant roots are placed independently of other treatments, they help ensure the health of adjacent teeth. Healthy, virgin teeth alongside of dental implants are left untreated, unlike other types of treatments that require the alteration of healthy teeth for the support of prosthesis like bridges or partials.
Dental implants can be used to replace single missing teeth by supporting permanent crowns, or several teeth at a time by placing a bridge on top of 2 implants. Are all of the teeth missing? Implants have the capability to support and stabilize dentures as well. Permanently supported implant dentures take up less space in the mouth, making them easier to talk with, eat, and very easy for the patient to adjust to.
Utilizing 3D CT Scan technology can allow our dentists to complete same-day dental implant placement. The implant is placed precisely in the bone so that restorations can be placed immediately. This saves the patient valuable time, reduces the number of treatments needed, and gives them a brand new smile in next to no time at all.