Protect and Restore Your Smile with the Stability of Dental Implants
Dental implants represent tremendous progress in tooth replacement technology, as they offer the only structurally complete prosthetic consisting of a root-like structure and a crown. Because of their structural integrity, dental implants give patients a number of benefits when compared with more traditional approaches to tooth replacement, including fixed dental bridges and conventional dentures.
In order to enjoy all of these benefits, however, patients must be good candidates for this treatment and must take proper care of the dental implants to get their maximum durability. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and seeing whether they might be a good solution for your situation, contact our office to schedule an evaluation.
Reasons to get dental implants
We often recommend dental implants to patients who want a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. If you have several missing teeth but do not want dentures, we can place several implants to restore your smile. Other reasons include:
- Permanent replacement after tooth extractions
- Restore the smile after severe periodontal disease
- Extensive bone loss
- Osteoporosis that has weakened the teeth
- Resorption of bone
Benefits Of Dental Implants
They are a sturdy, permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. They are a stable alternative to a bridge and are fused to the jaw bone to prevent bone loss. Some of the key benefits include:
- Looks and feels like your natural teeth
- Permanently integrated into the jaw bone
- Can be placed to support a set of dentures
- Improves aesthetics of your smile
- Restores proper functioning of your smile
- Customized for the patient
Types Of Dental Implants
Our office places two types of dental implants: standard and mini. Both types of implants have the same basic design: a small post that resembles a screw and is made of biocompatible titanium. The bone tissue in the jaw is capable of forming a strong bond with titanium, so after osseointegration is complete, the implant becomes a fixture in the jaw. Standard dental implants are topped with a separate abutment that secures the appliance, which can be a single crown, fixed dental bridge or denture, depending on the patient’s needs. In mini implants, the abutment and implant are typically combined into a single structure. Additionally, the diameter of the mini-implant is much smaller than that of a traditional implant.
There are important treatment considerations that can determine whether standard dental implants or mini implants are better choices for the patient. For example, patients who have already experienced a significant bone loss may need to opt for mini implants, which require less bone for osseointegration. Mini implants are particularly useful for stabilizing dentures that have become loose due to changes in the jaw’s shape over time.
When are patients good candidates for dental implants?
The quality of available bone at the implant site is the primary factor that determines long-term success and stability of dental implants. Patients with less available bone tissue may be suitable for mini implants, or a preliminary bone graft may be recommended if traditional dental implants are preferred. Patients must not have uncontrolled gum disease, as this condition can interfere with the healing process after dental implant placement. They should also be in good enough health in general to tolerate the surgical procedure needed for implant placement.