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Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant differs from other types of restorative dental prosthetic devices because they actually integrate with your jawbone.
There are three basic components of a complete dental implant. The first component is the screw. The implant screw, which is made of a nonreactive metal like titanium, is surgically inserted into the jawbone. It replaces the root of the lost tooth and actually fuses with the jawbone over time through a process called osseointegration. The second component is an abutment that serves as a connector between the screw and the third part of the implant, which is a dental crown.
Dental implants have various dental applications. Here are a few:
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A conventional bridge includes two crowns with one or more false teeth in the middle. The crowns are designed to fit over the two teeth that border the space left by the lost tooth or teeth. However, in some cases, the patient may not have two remaining natural teeth that border the gap that needs to be filled in. In such a case, the dentist may suggest a dental implant to serve as a support in the manner that a natural tooth would.
The bridge crown would be fitted over the dental implant to stabilize the bridge.
Overdentures are secured to remaining teeth with a connecting mechanism fashioned into the dentures. However, the dentures remain removable. The connectors help keep the dentures in place as they are being worn.
A dental implant may be prescribed if more support teeth than the patient has are needed for the overdentures.
Single tooth Replacement
A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth, especially if your dentist has concerns about jawbone stimulation. If an area of your jawbone is not regularly stimulated by the force from chewing and biting, the bone can begin to atrophy, and bone loss can result. The cells of the jawbone are stimulated by the dental implant screw when a patient eats.
In addition, a single tooth that is missing can eventually cause dental misalignment. Since a tooth serves as placeholder, other teeth can start to shift out of position when a tooth is lost.
If you believe you are a good candidate for a dental implant, contact Cazes Family Dentistry LLC or a similar location.