Dental implants are bone supported teeth replacements.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are bone supported teeth replacements. These are titanium screws that are implanted or threaded into the bone through holes drilled in the bone. They act as the root of the replacing tooth.
Who needs dental implants?
Dental implants are an option for replacing lost teeth. Tooth loss may be because of extraction following decay, tooth loss as a result of trauma.
Sufficient bone density, thickness, length, and healthy gums are important for successful implants. Good oral hygiene is an added advantage for implants. Similarly, the process is more successful on non-smokers.
Patients with diabetes, insufficient bone, decreased ability to heal, and patients allergic to constituents of titanium have less chance of success through implants.
How ARE Implants better than other dental replacement options?
Bone resorption after extraction is very much less or nil in cases of implants thereby keeping the facial contour intact.
Dental implants vs RPD:
As the name suggests, removable partial dentures are removable prosthesis, but implants are fixed.
RPDs can be inconvenient and embarrassing,while implants are convenient and look good.
The former looks unaesthetic and plastic-like, whereas a crown placed on implants appears more natural.
Dental implant vs Dental Bridges:
Dental bridges put pressure on the adjacent healthy teeth and likely to cause damage. Implants do not disturb the adjacent teeth; they remain untouched and healthy.
At times, the patient may require root canal treatment before opting for dental bridges. This is not the case with dental implants. You can only replace a limited number of teeth using dental bridges, but dental bridges allow patients to replace any number of teeth.
Quality of life with dental implants:
Strength and quality of properly osseointegrated implants are equivalent to the natural tooth.
Dental implants are more like natural teeth therefore beautiful smile than ever before.
Improves speech, can have all favorite foods like before.
Dental implants at Richardsons Dental and Craniofacial Hospital:
We provide all possible implants options based on individuals needs. Dr. Sunil Richardson with his craniofacial team will help you to achieve your desired beautiful smile.