The primary advantage of dental implants and their many uses
Dental implants are one of several methods used to replace missing teeth. Dr. Bryce Eager of Gateway Oral Health Center in St. George, Utah, is an experienced restorative dentist who may recommend dental implants for patients in his state-of-the-art dental facility. Dental implants are titanium posts placed into the jawbone for optimum stability. They are then restored in various ways to achieve smile restoration.
What are the primary advantages of dental implants and their use?
The most important advantage of dental implants is their incredible versatility in replacing missing teeth. Below are a few of the ways dental implants are used in the smile:
- Single tooth implant. The primary purpose of the dental implant is to replace a single tooth. The implant is placed in the space left behind by the tooth and then restored over the top with a dental crown.
- Full mouth dental implants. Patients that need to replace all the teeth in their dental arch might want to consider the benefits of full-mouth dental implants. Several implants are placed along the arch, and a special type of denture is created to snap into place. This implant-retained denture allows patients to enjoy all their favorite foods without worrying about their dentures becoming loose or falling out.
- Mini dental implants. To have dental implants, patients need sufficient jawbone to maintain the placement of the implant itself. However, those without enough bone may be candidates for mini dental implants, which are smaller and can be placed without bone grafting.
- Dental bridges. Patients considering dental bridges need to have adjacent teeth for the bridge to be placed. If one or both sides are missing teeth, a dental implant can be used instead to retain the dental bridge. This may require only one implant to replace several teeth in a row if there is a tooth on the other side of the gap.
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Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all-porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.