What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the dental office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. 

Dental Implants are artificial teeth that are placed in the jaw bone to replace single, multiple or completely missing teeth.  They have 3 components.  1) dental implant itself that's placed in the jaw bone, 2) abutment that screws into the implant and holds the crown, 3) crown or restoration that attaches to the abutment.

These three components make up the dental implant to allow a tooth or multiple teeth to replace missing teeth. Dental implants feel like natural teeth and often patients say they look and feel like the teeth they used to have. This is due to the fact that the dental implants are replacing the roots of a natural tooth that used to be in the patients mouth when they had their teeth. 

Dental implant surgery is a painless procedure. This is because the jaw bone does not have any nerve endings as teeth do. With local anesthesia the area that will receive implants is anesthesized and there is essentially no pain during the procedure.

Dental implants have many advantages:

1) They don't require the preparation or grinding down of adjacent teeth as required in a bridge to replace a tooth. This keeps the integrity of the natural teeth next to the missing teeth intact.

2) They can hold a loose denture in place, or patients who gag easily with dentures or do not like the feeling of having their palates covered dental implants can be placed to hold a upper denture that is palate free in place.

3) The feel and function is like natural teeth, allowing strong biting forces and chewing capabilities.

4) Maintaining the jaw bone. Having dental implants will maintain the inegrity of the jaw bone. Our jaw bones lose bone when there is nothing in the bone to stimulate formation of bone. Roots of teeth and implants constantly stimulate bone regeneration and maintain proper bone around that area.

Dental implants are not for everyone, and although dental implants do not get decayed over time like natural teeth do, they still need to be properly cared for by routine dental hygiene appointments and home care. 

Todd A. Welch, DMD
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.

Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. If you still have questions after reading this information, have a conversation with your periodontist.

What are the advantages of an implant over a bridge or denture? A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options, including:

• Maintain the integrity of your remaining teeth. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that the adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge. When replacing multiple teeth, bridges and partial dentures rely on support from adjacent teeth, while implant- supported bridges do not.

• Maintain bone health. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, your jawbone is better preserved. Implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep your bone healthy and intact. With a bridge or denture, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth starts to deteriorate.

• Long-term benefits. In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional, and comfortable. On the other hand, gums and bone can recede around a bridge or denture which leaves a visible defect, deteriorated bone from bridges and dentures can lead to a collapsed and unattractive smile, and cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that are anchoring the bridge. Finally, removable dentures can move around in your mouth, reducing your ability to eat certain foods.

Dental Implants are devices used to replace missing teeth. They are made of titanium which has been used in different types of surgery for years and have proven to be very useful since it is very strong, light, does not rust and is very kind to living tissue and does not cause allergic reactions.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or can support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are accepted by the human body.

Dental implants are essentially titanium roots that are used to replace missing teeth.  

Titanium is a biocompatible metal meaning your body agrees with it. They resemble screws but are not just "driven" into your jaw. Small guide holes are made and gradually widened, and then the implant is precisely placed. Bone eventually fuses to the implant surface which allows the implant to support new teeth. Dental implants have an impressive long term success rate and, in many cases, are becoming the standard of care to replace missing teeth.

Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dental implants are titanium posts that mimic the root of a tooth. The surface of the dental implant is usually roughened and has ridges to help increase it’s surface area, which helps it integrate with the bone.
Implants are used to support single tooth restorations (crowns) or a group of teeth (bridges or dentures) that are being replaced. The implants are placed into the jaw bone on an outpatient basis, usually by a clinician that is certified in implant placement. This may include a general dentist, an oral surgeon, a periodontist, or a prosthodontist. Currently, there is a high degree of success with dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots. The implants-small anchors shaped like screws, cylinders or blades-are placed into the jawbone. Replacement teeth are attached to the part of the implant that projects through the gum.

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They serve as artificial roots for crowns. Most implants are made from titanium because it has a unique ability to fuse easily with bone. When a dental implant is placed in your jaw, it must undergo a process called osseointegration during which it fuses with your jawbone and the surrounding gums. This can take up to six months, but it is vital to the success of your implant. Dental implants are often preferred to dentures because they help you maintain the feeling of a real tooth. They fuse with your jawbone instead of just sitting on top of your gums, and as a result, you will still have a certain amount of sensation when you chew and talk, even though you have an artificial tooth.

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