Benefits of Dental Implants
Some benefits of dental implants:
- Dental implants can actually cost less than traditional bridgework.
- Dental implants do not sacrifice the structure of your adjacent teeth.
- They are secure and free from troublesome clicks and wobbles associated with dentures.
- The high success rate of dental implants is well documented.
- Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily lives from implant surgery.
- Singular or multiple implants may be placed for singular or multiple teeth replacement.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used for chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored in the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium, the element used extensively for artificial joint surgery. When you loose a tooth, you loose both the root and the crown. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. This metal anchor acts as a tooth root substitute. The jawbone fuses with the implant, creating a secure platform for the prosthesis.
Implants involve coordination between the oral surgeon and the restoring dentist. Oral surgeons are called upon by dentists and dental specialists to perform all procedures within the implant process except the final restoration process. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist may also make a temporary prosthesis for your esthetics during this process. During the consultation the oral surgeon will be able to describe the extent of his role in the implant process and even help you secure a restoring dentist if you do not have one.