A dental implant is a prosthetic dental application that replaces a missing tooth. The implanted device is actually a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into a dental patient's jawbone to serve as a synthetic root. Over time, the screw fuses with the jawbone through osseointegration. To replace the remainder of the tooth, an abutment is added and connected to a dental crown.
Once an implant is securely in place, it can serve multiple functions in tooth replacement. Here are two:
Dental Bridge Support
There are various types of bridges for which a dental implant may be used.
A conventional dental bridge is used to replace one or more teeth. The dental device includes one or more fake teeth in its center with a dental crown on each end of the bridge.
The dental crowns are attached to natural teeth or dental implants to stabilize the bridge and secure it in the mouth. The implant can postpone bridge placement since enough time must be permitted for the implant screw to fuse properly with the jawbone.
Full Dental Bridges
If all of the teeth in a palate are missing, a full dental bridge can be used. The appliance is similar to a traditional bridge. However, it usually replaces a large number of teeth, just like dentures do. Your dentist may use multiple dental crowns and implant supports to hold the full bridge in place.
Cantilever bridges include one crown for support. They are occasionally used when only one natural tooth or dental implant is adjacent to the dental gap where the false tooth will be positioned.
An overdenture is a removable set of false teeth that is held in place by specially designed connectors that attach to natural teeth or dental implants. Like other dentures, an overdenture is usually used when a large number of teeth are missing.
One of the main issues with traditional dentures is their tendency to shift or move about. This movement can jeopardize the patient's ability to chew, speak, or laugh with confidence. In addition, the shifting can irritate sensitive gum tissue. Fortunately, since overdentures stay securely in place, those who wear them avoid the potential problems that come with shifting traditional dentures.
Missing teeth can impact your appearance, your ability to speak, and the manner in which you chew. If you have one or more missing teeth, consult with a dentist in your area for a full assessment to determine whether dental implants are right for you.