With recent advancements in dental technology, dentists now offer dental implants to provide a permanent solution for missing or damaged teeth. Installing a dental implant can improve appearance, speech and comfort. It improves the patient’s oral health and allows for easier eating. It restores the natural look of the face and enhances self-esteem. Dental implants are extremely durable and designed to last for years. With proper care most implants will last a lifetime.
There are significant benefits to a dental implant that include the preservation of facial structure integrity. A dental implant will prevent the reabsorption of bone material that often occurs with a loss of teeth. A dental implant can closely restore the shape of the face to a more natural state. It avoids compromising adjacent teeth when a tooth is missing and can improve the overall quality of life. The installation of a dental implant provides a replacement tooth with the same function, look and feel of natural teeth.
A Candidate for Dental Implants
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is a patient that has healthy gums. They will also need enough bone structure to hold the implant firmly in place. Typically, any individual that is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery or a routine dental extraction is often considered a good candidate for a dental implant. Patients that suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders including heart disease and diabetes, along with heavy smokers, will need to be evaluated before proceeding with a dental implant.
Dental Implant Technology
Depending on the status of the patient’s gum and bone structure, the dental implant placement will likely involve three steps. The initial step will be to prepare the area and install the anchor screw firmly in place to serve as a firm and permanent base for the tooth’s support. Typically constructed of titanium, the anchor screw will eventually bond with the jaw’s surrounding bone through a natural process referred to as Osseo integration (over 3 to 6 months).
The dentist will then attach the connector to the permanent anchor. The connector will be utilized as a way to support the crown to the anchor as a permanent solution. Finally, the artificial tooth will be mounted onto the connector and positioned perfectly along the adjacent teeth to ensure a durable fit, proper placement and aesthetically pleasing results.
Types of Dental Implants
Every implant patient will require their own specific solution based on the circumstances of his or her health, gums and bone structure. There are specific dental implant types for nearly any dental solution that include:
- Porcelain Bridges
- Individual Teeth Implants
- Spark Erosion Restoration
- Swissedent Implants
- Syncom Bridge Implants
The significant benefits of installing a dental implant can be immeasurable to the self-esteem of the patient. It offers a solution that is more appropriate than using a bridge to replace one or more teeth. When installing conventional bridge work the adjacent teeth will be ground down to accommodate the bridge. However, dental implants rarely require the modification of the adjacent teeth. This results in a more conservative approach along with an aesthetically pleasing restoration.