Dental Implants: A reliable solution for missing teeth
Dental implants are a durable and long lasting method of replacing missing teeth. In cases where a single tooth is missing and the rest of the dentition is in good shape, a dental implant is the ideal choice. In more complex cases where multiple teeth are missing, dental implants can still come into play. However, more factors must be considered when attempting to decide if an implant is the best fit for your smile. Dental implants can also be combined with complete dentures, providing them with an extra source of retention and stability.
In general, a dental implant is usually comprised of three components:
– a titanium screw placed into the bone
– a specialized attachment called an abutment, that screws into the implant
– a crown or bridge that will be either cemented or screwed onto the abutment
As no natural tooth is involved, implants have the potential to last a life time. There is no risk for cavities, and they are far more resistant to gum disease. However, like all dental products, problems can still occur so regular maintenance is required.
Do you have sufficient bone for an implant?
Dental implants require good quality bone to act as an anchor, and a skilled practitioner to place the implant. In cases where there is not enough bone to place an implant, bone grafting might be needed.