Teeth replacement is made easy with implant dentistry. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into your jawbone and capped by a crown to replace a single missing tooth.
Just one dental implant can support one dental crown to provide a permanent solution to a missing tooth. For several missing teeth in a row, two or more implants can be placed to support a bridge over the gap of lost teeth. The bridge can be supported on just the two end implants or can also have additional support in the middle of the bridge if needed.
How Do They Work?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the abutment, which serves as an anchor for the artificial tooth or set of teeth. For patients who need to replace one tooth, a single implant is inserted into the jawbone. When replacing several teeth in a row, a few implants can be used as anchors while a prosthetic arch is placed over them.
Advantages of Implants
Unlike conventional bridges, dental implants do not require the surrounding teeth to be modified in any way.
Since implants are permanent, patients do not have to worry about them slipping out of place.
Additionally, there is no need to remove and clean the adhesive used to bond false teeth in place.
Many patients also find that their speech has improved with implant-supported teeth instead of dentures.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
They are a good solution for restoring both function and aesthetics to patients’ smiles after tooth loss.
Since dental implants feel so much like your natural teeth, most patients tend to find them to be much more comfortable than traditional prosthetics.
Are Implants Right for Me?
Many patients choose dental implants because they want a permanent solution to their tooth loss. However, not everyone can undergo the treatment. Good candidates have healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to support the posts of the implant. They should be willing to commit to excellent oral hygiene and regular checkups with their dentist to monitor the health of their teeth and gums to ensure the longevity of the implant.
Patients must also avoid habits that can compromise the dental implant’s placement and health, such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol use. These substances can lead to gum recession and other complications that can affect the health of the implant. Patients should also ensure that they don’t have an active infection or severe gum disease before getting an implant. Patients with those conditions may need to undergo treatment before their implants can be placed successfully.
Some patients may need a bone grafting procedure to build up the bone in their jaw before receiving their implant. This procedure ensures that the posts and abutments of the implant can be securely placed in the jawbone. In some cases, an additional surgical procedure may be necessary to place the posts of the crown after the implant has healed. This is necessary when the bone density is so low that there is not enough room for the restoration to be placed over it. During your consultation, we can determine if dental implants are right for you or if another option may be better suited.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (505) 292-8515 or go online to schedule a consultation. You can also visit us at 8400 Osuna Rd NE, Suite 5B, Albuquerque 87111.