November 1, 2011

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are manmade replacements for missing tooth roots.  They serve as an anchor to replace one or more teeth. Dental implants can be used to anchor a bridge that is fixed, cemented in place, or as anchors for removable teeth.

In most cases dental implants are made of titanium and resemble screws that are placed in the dental bone. Dental implants that are placed in the bone go through a process called osseointegration, which is the process of actually integrating into and becoming part of the dental jawbone. This process actually strengthens the jaw and maintains the dental bone. After teeth are extracted and there’s no more root in the bone, the body doesn’t have a reason to keep the dental bone there, and the dental bone disappears. That’s why it’s important to have dental implants placed soon after tooth loss, before the dental bone is lost. There are procedures to graft dental bone back, but bone grafting cannot be used in all circumstances, and even when bone grafting is possible, the bone grafting procedures add time and money to the end result- replacing the missing tooth/teeth, and making a tooth replacement.

There is also a type of dental implant that sits on the bone instead of in the bone. This type of dental implant is called a subperiosteal implant and is used when there isn’t enough height of dental bone remaining into which implants that are like roots can fit. The subperiosteal implant is recommended, when necessary, for replacing missing teeth in the lower jaw only. There is so much to say about dental implants and we will continue speaking more about them in upcoming posts.

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  1. When a tooth is lost the specialized bony process that houses the tooth begins to resorb due to lack of stimulation. This causes a decrease in width and height of the bone in the area the tooth is lost. Neighboring teeth and opposing teeth begin to move into the space.for more info
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  2. Dental implants are typically composed of titanium or similar hypoallergenic substance to ensure that the structures are sturdy and lasting, and more importantly compatible with the bone and underlying gum tissues. Consult a competent prosthodontist or a qualified oral surgeon trained in the nuances of implantation to help assess the anchoring procedure appropriate for your specific needs. Dental implants are the cutting edge method of replacing lost teeth. These are artificial prosthetics that look quite natural and are implanted into the jawbone with a titanium screw and abutment. This method of attachment was stumbled upon accidentally by a doctor in Europe who discovered the amazingly strong bonding ability of titanium with human bone.

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  3. Dental Implants in springfield are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth.