Dental implants

Dental Implant

Dental implants or artificial tooth roots are placed surgically into one’s jawbone to support replacement teeth or dental restorations. They are designed to imitate the function and appearance of natural teeth, providing a durable and long-term solution for individuals who have lost one or more teeth.

The dental implant itself is typically made of biocompatible materials, most commonly titanium, which allows it to integrate with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This fusion between the implant and the jawbone provides a stable foundation for the replaced tooth.

When does one need dental implant surgery?

Single Tooth Replacement: Dental implants could be used for replacing a single missing tooth. It is an alternative to a traditional dental bridge, which requires the support of adjacent teeth.
Multiple Teeth Replacement: Dental implants might also be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Multiple implants help support a dental bridge or implant-supported dentures, providing a stable and secure solution for restoring a section of missing teeth.
Full Arch or Full Mouth Rehabilitation: In cases where all or most of one’s teeth are missing or require to be removed due to severe decay, periodontal disease, or trauma, dental implants could support a full arch or full mouth rehabilitation. This involves the placement of multiple implants to anchor a fixed bridge or implant-supported dentures, providing a complete set of functional and natural-looking teeth.
Denture Stabilization: For individuals who already have removable dentures but experience issues with stability and retention, dental implants can stabilize and secure the dentures. Implants are strategically placed to provide attachment points for the latter, allowing for improved functionality.
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Preservation of Jawbone Health: When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate over time. Dental implant surgery helps preserve the integrity of the jawbone, similar to natural tooth roots. This is especially important in preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure and aesthetics.

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What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are a durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective solution compared to other options that may require frequent replacement or repair.

When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate over time. Dental implants or artificial tooth roots can stimulate the jawbone, helping to preserve its density and preventing bone loss. This is essential for maintaining facial structure.
A dental implant surgery restores natural biting and chewing capabilities. Unlike removable dentures, implants provide a stable foundation for chewing, eliminating concerns about slippage or discomfort.
Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants do not depend upon neighboring teeth for support. Adjacent healthy teeth do not require to be altered or prepared to accommodate the implant, which helps preserve their natural structure and integrity.