A dental implant provides strength to a tooth. It is literally an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement like a single crown (single tooth) or bridge (multiple teeth) or even a denture.
Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible so that they are not rejected by the body. The next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.
Dental Implants can be used to:
- Replace a Single Tooth – A single missing tooth can be
- Replace Multiple Teeth – Multiple missing teeth can be
- Full Mouth Rehabilitation – If a patient has all the teeth missing; they can be replaced using implant-supported bridges/dentures.
Dental Implants can be classified into TWO TYPES depending upon the procedure involved:
- Single-Stage Implants.
- Two-Stage Implants.
The benefits of Dental Implants include :
Function: Bite and chew with confidence just like your natural teeth. You can enjoy all kinds of food without any hesitation. Once you chew well, surprisingly you revisit, relive, and rejoice the original taste of food.
Aesthetics: Natural and personalized smile can be acquired leading to high self-esteem and a much younger appearance. A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
Preserving natural adjacent teeth: No need to file down adjacent teeth to replace the missing teeth.
Durability: One-time solution and are expected to last a lifetime.
Preserving jawbone: Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants preserve and stimulate the natural bone, helping to prevent bone loss.