For single tooth replacement
A dental implant is used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.
Implants are cylinders that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Implants are often the alternative to bridges when restoring lost teeth.
You will be referred to an oral surgeon for the placement of the implant itself. A healing cap is placed over the implant while the area heals, usually for a period of several months. When it is determined that the implant has integrated into the jawbone, your dentist will take over and will fabricate an extension, or post, that will attach to the implant. A custom restoration, either a crown, bridge, or denture depending on your situation, will be attached to the implant post(s). The restoration is designed to provide optimum form and function for many years to come.
Madison Family Dental Believes there are Several Advantages of Dental Implants
- Improved appearance – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech – With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
- Easier eating – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved oral health – Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not removed or altered to support the implant, your long-term oral health is improved. Individual implants also allow easier access to clean between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability – Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Improved chewing function – Implants prevent shifting, loss of chewing function, changes to your bite, and undo stress to the remaining teeth.
- Support – Implants support your lips and cheeks and help maintain the natural shape of your face.
Generally, There Are Good Candidates For Dental Implants
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums, enough bone to hold the implant, and must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Some patients must be evaluated on an individual basis. Heavy smokers, those with uncontrolled chronic disorders (e.g. diabetes or heart disease) or patients who have had radiation to the head or neck area should be evaluated. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.