Despite improvements in modern dentistry, many Americans still suffer from tooth loss. The most common causes are gum disease, tooth decay, and injury. In the past, replacement options were limited to bridges or dentures. Implant dentistry offers patients with missing teeth a comfortable, secure alternative.
Dental implants consist of mainly three parts. The implant body, the abutment (made out of titanium) and crown (the visible part of the tooth).The final result of a dental implant resembles very much a natural tooth, not only in the way it looks but in the way they feel.
Today, most implants have a similar form to the natural roots of teeth.The way implants work is that they integrate with the surrounding jaw bone providing a solid anchor for the crown.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth and are also a great technique to increase retention on complete dentures.
Missing teeth affect a personâ€™s appearance, the ability to speak and chew, and general dental health. Many people who have lost teeth would like new teeth that are attractive, natural and comfortable. Others, who have worn removable bridges or dentures, wish to have the security of fixed (stationary) teeth. Dental implants have made this possible. Over the last 20 years, dental implants have grown to be an effective and reliable means of replacing missing teeth and securing bridges and dentures. In expert hands, it is a highly successful technique that has improved the quality of life for many people.