Healthy teeth form the foundation of a beautiful face and can be critical to overall good health. Our teeth influence how we eat and how we speak, as well as affect our jaw position and posture. Missing teeth can cause shifting of existing teeth and the collapse of the bite, which will lead to significant health complications such as headaches, neck pain, and sleeping disorders.
For a more natural feel, many patients select an implant to replace a missing tooth. Because implants feel like natural teeth, they offer stability, exceptional chewing comfort, do not constrict the room for the tongue, and are aesthetically natural and healthy in appearance. An implant makes sense because they help strengthen adjacent teeth and protect and preserve the jaw bone. Since the implant functions as a root it maintains the bone levels on the adjacent teeth so they are lost due to periodontal disease.
Simply stated, an implant is an artificial tooth root, inserted into the location as the previous tooth was and consists of three major parts. These include the implant itself, the abutment that screws into the implant and in which the crown is cemented onto, and the crown, which is the visible portion that looks likes the original tooth.
Implants have served patients for the last forty years, with a success rate of approximately ninety five percent. More than four decades of scientific research and clinical experience have shown that dental implants function as an optimal and permanent solution to tooth loss. Traditionally, titanium has prevailed as the base material for implants because this lightweight and highly resistant metal is well tolerated biologically. Titanium implants, generally placed in two parts have a range of interchangeable parts and can achieve good aesthetic results, especially on front teeth.
Furthermore, dental implants are a better alternative to dentures because they are made to mimic your natural teeth in both form and function. Traditional dentures are removable, prone to slippage or an imprecise fit, and require ongoing maintenance. They also have unsightly hooks that show when you smile.
3-D imaging is an important image for dentists performing implants. Dentists can visualize the placement of dental implants in three dimensions. This enables the dentist to get an advanced, detailed look at the interior section of the jawbone, surrounding tissues and nerves. A customized scanning guide for obtaining the image of the jaw enables the fabrication of an accurate, computer-generated surgical guide that makes the best use of available bone, minimizes surgery, and avoids potential problems, such as nerve exposure or sinus perforation. The guide make placing implants easier and safer.
If you have additional questions please call us at (317)787-6625 or email us.