Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, a titanium implant is placed as a substitution for the root of the tooth. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth. They can also be used to support and stabilize dentures.

When placing dental implants, or preparing a bridge in the esthetic zone, bone grafting may be a necessary procedure. For a dental implant to be successful, there must be a sufficient volume and density of bone available to hold the implant. When there is not enough bone, an implant may not be an option. There are several factors that affect jaw bone volume and density:

Advantages of dental implants

✔ Implant supported crowns are natural looking
✔ Dental Implants are very stable and comfortable
✔ They are easy to keep clean, unlike bridges
✔ They are the closest thing to a natural tooth
✔ They preserve and maintain bone density and volume

Disadvantages Of Dental Implants

✔ Implants have a higher cost than dentures and partials
✔ They need to heal in the bone prior to being restored, and this takes a few months
✔ There is a chance that the surgery may fail, although uncommon

Reasons for Dental Implants

Injuries and Infections

Accidents and other physical injuries to the jaws can cause the bone to recede. Infections can also result in bone loss.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can permanently damage the bone that supports the teeth. Affected areas worsen over time until the teeth become unstable.

Tooth Extraction

As extraction sites heal, soft tissue competes with the bone during healing. Some areas, particularly with upper front teeth, heal with significant bone loss. Grafting at the time of extraction prevents this loss of bone volume.

*Examples of dental implants

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