Dental implants are bridging the gaps between teeth and very nicely too. In fact, they are overtaking bridges as the preferred method of tooth replacement. There are obvious advantages to dental implants in comparison to previous generation bridges that are best burnt if you want a future with a bright smile and a perfectly natural feel when you smile or chew. There are many types of dental implants conducted by the dentists. If you have some small gaps between your teeth, then they will apply dome dental cement in those portions to fill in the gaps, and another way is to plug the infected teeth and implant the artificial teeth in this area.
The crown is the visible part that resembles the teeth we see. It can be made of ceramic material.
The abutment is the part that is permanently attached to the implant screw and it holds the crown in place.
The actual dental implant is a titanium screw that is fitted to the jaw bone. The abutment fits over the screw and the crown fits over the abutment.
A dental implant may comprise of just one tooth to replace a fallen tooth. It can also be a set of 2, 3 or the entire set of upper or lower teeth. In this method, you do not need to remove your teeth everyday for cleaning and you can use them as your permanent teeth only. The titanium part and the jawbone fuse together within 3 to 6 months through osseointegration.
Why do you use dental implants? Dental implants have inherent advantage over bridge work. Dental bridges are like prosthetic devices. The pontic is put in place with the help of abutments that are placed over adjacent teeth after scraping the enamel of the healthy teeth. There are inherent disadvantages to such bridges since the covered teeth can decay quickly and the chances of gum disease increase. The life of such bridges is less.
The dental implant protects adjacent teeth instead of being responsible for their damage.
Dental implants provide a more natural look and feel. Aesthetics are vastly superior to bridgework. The smile looks more natural and, because it is permanent, it can be cleaned and brushed just like other teeth.
Importantly, dental implants preserve the bone since the implant replaces the lost tooth root.
When missing molars or sets of teeth are replaced by dental implants, a person can chew food better and enjoy it too. It is not the same with bridges.
They will never slip, fall out or move from their position. They remain fixed for life.
How is it that the dental implant works so well?
Advances in modern science help dentist use radiography to measure the jaws, shape of bones and condition of bone tissue and also locate nerves and sinuses. With such imaging and measurement capabilities he can design a precise, close tolerance dental implant that will fit perfectly into the gap without exerting pressure on the neighboring teeth. Once the implant is ready for insertion a surgical process is carried out to expose the bone and a drill is used to prepare a cavity for the implant.
In the case of multiple missing teeth, it is even better than dentures or flippers. What is noteworthy is that implants prevent bone loss and preserve the facial appearance and they also prevent adjacent teeth from becoming loose. Since the titanium screw fuses with the bone, it is permanent, almost as if the individual has grown a new tooth all over again.