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Dental implants – a great alternative to traditional dentures and partials
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- Single-tooth replacement
- Full upper or lower arch replacement
- Implant-supported dentures
A dental implant is the result of a surgical procedure whose purpose is to simulate the function and durability of the teeth in the optimal functional state. The implant interfaces with bone in the mouth to support a dental prosthesis, examples of which include a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are often a preferable alternative owing to a biologic process known as osseo-integration. The implant material, often titanium or other alloy, will eventually bond with the supporting bone structure.
The implant process
The amount of stress to be placed on the implant must also be considered. Key to helping ensure the long term viability of the implant procedure are both the position and the number of implants that will support the restoration. Forces exerted on the implant supported restoration during normal chewing can be substantial. Any or all of the following will be considered in creation of the dental implant treatment plan: position and angle of adjacent teeth, Study models, and use of Cone Beam scans, as well as surgical guides, also known as stents. The implant supported restoration may be permanent (fixed), or removable, an example of which is an implant supported denture. In either case an abutment is used to attach the restoration to the implant(s).
Less invasive, faster mini-implants
Various types of dental implants are available, the choice of which depends upon the specific condition and desires of the patient. Mini-implants integrate with surrounding bone and soft tissue more quickly then traditional implants. These can be used for immediate partials and dentures, though may need to be replaced in the future. Root implants are sturdier and typically last a life time. When full bone regeneration and tissue integration occur, the patient is ready to receive permanent crowns, bridges or dentures. These restorations are designed to mirror the original teeth, resulting in an improved smile, color matching, and function of the teeth. Implant procedures have a high success rate in returning the appearance and function of ones teeth. If you are considering implants, let us help you make an informed decision with a thorough and comprehensive implant suitability assessment.
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