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In the past, people who had missing teeth once only had few options, like dental bridges and dentures, available to restore their teeth. However, these days, thanks to dental implants, patients with missing teeth have a better and more comfortable option for dental restoration.
How Do Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are a replacement for missing tooth root and are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling restorations possible. A dental implant is a screw-shaped titanium prosthetic device that can be fitted into the jawbone on the site of the missing tooth. An artificial crown is then attached to the implant enabling a patient to smile, chew, and eat in the best way possible.
Bridges and dentures are not as comfortable as dental implants as they can slip and cause sores in the mouth. Also, they limit the types of food a patient can eat, especially hard or sticky food, because they are not that strong or stable. Dental implants can get rid of these issues.
Titanium is a hypoallergenic material that can easily fuse to the bones in your jaw. The process is called osseointegration and offers more strength and stability to the jaw. This means your implant won’t ever slip, and you can indulge in eating all your favorite food.
Types of Dental Implants
According to the American Dental Association, two types of dental implants are safe:
|•||Endosteal Implants: Individual titanium implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Once the soft and hard tissue structure has healed and the bone has had the chance to fuse to the prosthetic, we will attach a crown to the implant.
|•||Subperiosteal Implants: This involves a metal frame that is placed onto the jawbone just below the gum tissues. The frame is not implanted inside the jaw but is pressed against it. It contains posts that jut out through the gums. Artificial crowns can then be mounted on the post.|
At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, one of our most popular treatments involves implant restorations. Dental implants have truly revolutionized the way we correct the function and aesthetics of a missing tooth.
What Is an Implant Restoration?
An implant restoration generally consists of three components:
|•||The Dental Implant: An implant is a tiny screw, typically made from titanium, that serves as the root component of a prosthesis. The screw is placed underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone by an oral surgeon we work closely with .
|•||The Abutment: An abutment is a support structure, made from titanium, porcelain, or zirconia, that attaches to the head of the implant screw. Besides providing additional support, an abutment helps link the screw to the restoration.
|•||The Restoration: These days, dental implants can be used to support a wide variety of restorations, from single crowns to full-arch appliances. Most of these restorations are made from porcelain or zirconia to provide you with the very best in aesthetics.|
Why Choose an Implant Restoration?
Dental implants have numerous benefits over more traditional restorations. In short, an implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Whether we use porcelain or zirconia, most people will not realize you have a restoration!
Implant restorations are also more comfortable and convenient. You will be able to eat your favorite foods without having to worry about embarrassing slips or gum irritation. You can also maintain your restoration as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and appointments.
Above all else, implant screws are better for your oral health. When you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation your jawbone needs to avoid deterioration. An implant screw supplements this stimulation, allowing you to maintain a stronger, more youthful facial structure.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery can be performed on anyone if they have relatively good oral health, good lifestyle habits, and a dense jawbone. Even people who do not have a dense bone in their jaw can undergo dental implant surgery once their jaw has been augmented with the help of bone grafting.
However, some people may not be good candidates for dental implants. These include:
|•||People who have poor oral health and dietary habits since they cannot be trusted to take good care of their dental implant.
|•||People who are less than 18 years of age since their jawbone is not yet fully grown.
|•||People who abuse alcohol, tobacco, and drugs since they interfere with the healing process of the implants.
|•||Pregnant women since their changing hormones may not make dental surgery feasible.
|•||Dental implant failure is possible in patients with autoimmune or chronic systemic diseases like diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.|
Success Rate of Dental Implants
Success rate of dental implants is very high up to 97 percent. Dental implants are meant to last a long time, and with proper care, they will.
However, if you do not practice good oral hygiene and eating habits, infectious gum disease can cause the destruction of the soft tissue and the bone structure surrounding the implant, leading to peri-implantitis, which can lead to failure of the dental implant.
Schedule Your Consultation Now!
For dental implants, it is essential that you exercise good oral hygiene as well as make regular dental checkup appointments at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry.
Find out if you, too, could benefit from implant restoration! Call (310) 707-1577 to schedule your initial consultation today!