|A dental implant is a man-made replacement for natural teeth which allows the person to return to fixed teeth. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement.
The implants are manufactured from biologically neutral pure Titanium. Titanium is proven to be acceptable by the human body and it will not cause material-related rejection.
The categories of dental implants will be selected by the doctor depending on your specific needs and general dental condition.You would require an x-ray and/or CT scan to evaluate the amount of bone remaining, models of your mouth to determine space available and a thorough examination to decide which type of implant can help you the most.
There are three basic categories of implants available:
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implant Restoration Types
Single Tooth Implant
The single tooth implant restoration consists of three separate parts. Namely, the implant's figure which replaces the tooth root, the abutment which will support the crown and the prosthetic crown. The crown can be cemented onto the post (abutment) or held in place with a screw.
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Implant Supported Dentures
Implants allow you to wear full dentures and partial dentures without worrying that they will slip or fall out. Having implants to support these dentures also means that the base of the denture can be made much smaller and more comfortable. The dentures may be fixed, using bridges, or removable, using overdentures or partial removable dentures.
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For overdentures, implants with screws placed in the jaw will serve as attachments for a metal bar, which will help support a removable denture. Use of 2 to 6 implants may be used for stability, as necessary. The new denture snaps over the bar and is stable and very retentive. The completed fixed-detachable denture sits on top of the implants above the gum tissue.
Multiple Tooth Implants
Implants are stronger than the natural tooth roots, therefore several missing teeth can sometimes be replaced with fewer implants. For example three missing teeth can be supported by two implants or four missing teeth can be supported by three implants and have the bridge restored over those implants.
Bone grafting procedures are usually necessary if there is not enough bone available to place dental implants or if any vital anatomy is in the way.
Today, Bone Grafting procedures have become almost an integral part of Implant Reconstruction. In many instances, a potential implant site in the upper or lower jaw does not offer enough bone volume or quantity to accommodate a Rootform Implant of proper size or in the proper place. This is usually a result of bone resorption that has taken place since one or more teeth (if not all) were lost. Bone Grafting procedures usually try to re-establish bone dimension, which was lost due to resorption.
Many years ago the lack of bone posed a considerable problem and sometimes implant placement was impossible because of that. Today, however, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width (and for Rootform Implants we always try to go for as long and wide as possible), it also gives us a chance to restore the esthetic appearance and functionality better.