What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are a vital part of the cosmetic dentistry industry. They are permanent alternatives to dentures and are used to replace teeth that are missing. A piece of metal is placed into the gums, which acts like the root of the new tooth. Depending on a person’s condition, it is possible to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. When you work with a caring and experienced dentist, you will be able to regain the appearance and function of your original teeth.
How are Implants Fitted?
In the beginning, a standard implant is fitted under a local aesthetic. It is placed below the gumline and left to integrate with the jawbone. After the implant is sturdy, the abutment is fit, and an impression is made for a crown. The crown is created and placed over the top so that the finished results look and feel like a natural tooth.
Who Can Benefit from Implants?
Millions of people suffer from extreme decay or gum disease or have suffered from an injury that resulted in tooth loss. Although bridges and dentures are common replacements, they are only temporary solutions. Implants are permanent and cannot be removed on a regular basis.
Implants bring a number of benefits, especially over the long haul. If a young person has lost one or several teeth, implants will last longer than any other option. For instance, a typical bridge may last up to 10 years before it must be replaced. Over time, this can get very expensive for a young person.
Anyone who has lost teeth and is embarrassed by his or her appearance will benefit from implants. They look natural and restore the face’s original shape and encourage normal speech as well. Sometimes, dentures make it difficult to pronounce words correctly.
Why are Implants Important to Oral Health?
Besides aesthetics, implants increase a person’s oral health. To begin, they protect a person’s healthy bone. When empty spaces are left in the mouth, bone deterioration occurs. These spaces may cause adjacent teeth to shift as well. Also, they protect healthy teeth. When a bridge is placed in the mouth, it is supported by the teeth that surround the empty space. Over time, these teeth may become weakened.
What Areas of the Mouth Can Implants Be Adapted to Cover?
An implant can be used to replace a single tooth. However, implants can be used to cover a span of lost teeth. In certain cases, implants can be placed to hold an entire plate of teeth.
What is Anterior Replacement?
The six upper and lower front teeth make up the anterior region. Anterior replacement covers implants in this area of the mouth.
What is Posterior Replacement?
The bicuspids and molars are the teeth that are used to bite and chew. They are located in the back of the mouth and cover the posterior region. When implants are placed in any part of this area, it is considered a posterior replacement.
What is a Full Upper Replacement?
When a person has no upper teeth and receives an entire plate that is attached to implants on both sides of the mouth, it is considered a full upper replacement.
What is a Full Lower Replacement?
When a person has no lower teeth and receives an entire plate that is attached to implants on both sides of the mouth, it is considered a full lower replacement.
How Do You Know If You are a Candidate for Implants?
The best way to know if you are a candidate for dental implants is to call for an appointment. Upon consultation, we will examine your mouth and will determine if implants are right for you. It is vital to work with a dentist who has experience. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible and to restore your beautiful and healthy smile.
If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Gor can discuss any other concerns with you. Once you have decided that an implant best suites your needs, we will refer you to one of our highly qualified specialist, such as a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon. He or she will place the implant at their office along with follow up vists. Three to four months after placement, Dr. Gor will fit you for the tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge or denture) at our office.