To replace missing teeth one of the options is dental implants. Dental implants are fixed directly into the jawbone which means false teeth are held in place in the same manner as your natural teeth supported by roots. Dental implants are very strong and can last for many years.
Dental implants are an alternative to dental bridges and partial dentures. If you have dentures and they move around a lot in your mouth, dental implants maybe the answer as implants may help to anchor the denture in place. Also when you lose teeth the jawbone may start to shrivel however the implants can slow down this process.
Dentist may recommend the use of dental implants to support a bridge rather than affecting the healthy teeth either side of a gap. Dental implants aren’t suitable for everyone. You must be in good general health, have healthy gums & your jawbone must be thick enough to implant.
However, surgical procedures do exist to increase the amount of bone in your jaw. Implants are more likely to be successful if you don’t smoke. Your dentist will advise you whether implants are an appropriate treatment for you.
Dental Implant Scenarios
1. Single Tooth Missing
2. Multiple Teeth Missing
3. In extreme case where all the teeth are missing from the upper or lower jaw the options are:
A. Economic option – click dentures. This will remain stable when in place, but can be removed for cleaning,
B. Executive option – with crowns
The most widespread and successful implants today are based on titanium, which melts into the bone. To form a structural & functional connection between living bone & implant.
A typical implant consists of a metal rod usually made of titanium (which is well tolerated by the body – similar to a tooth root) with a roughened or smooth surface. Commercially pure titanium is used for the majority of dental implants.
Dental Implants Procedure
A dental implant is sited in the jawbone to hold the artificial tooth in place. In time the bone fuses with the metal implant. A small attachment is left protruding through the gums. Dentures or dental bridges can be screwed or clipped to this attachment. As soon as your mouth has healed, you might need to have a second, minor operation to expose the gum over the top of the implant. Your dentist will subsequently fit your false teeth on top of the implant. The teeth could be permanently fixed or mounted in a manner that allows you to amputate for cleaning. Dentist will ensure they fit correctly, match the other teeth and feel comfortable.