What Are Dental Implants ?
At the Aesthetic Surgery Center our dentist is a well-qualified, experienced dental implants expert. He works with replacement tooth roots from different brands so the patient and he has options to which implant works best for the situation of the patient. All these implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Still millions of patients suffer from tooth loss even though there have been mayor improvements in dental care. Most of the time tooth loss in patients is due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Nowadays we have a much better option, dental implants.
All our implants are light, robust, biocompatible and made from titanium. It is the most commonly used material for implants. Dental implants are metal markers that are surgically positioned into the jawbone underneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.
- Dental Implant – A cylindrical and/or tapered post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the tooth root
- Abutment – A connector, placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth
- Crown – A replacement tooth, custom made to match your natural teeth
When it comes to tooth replacement, generally, there are three options: (1) removable dental appliance (full denture or partial denture), (2) fixed dental bridge (cemented), and (3) dental implant. Deciding on which option to choose depends on many factors. Specifically for dental implants, these factors include:
- Location of missing tooth or teeth
- Quantity and quality of the jawbone where the dental implant is to be placed
- Health of the patient
- Patient preference.
In order to place an implant successfully it is imperative that the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed is efficient. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality.
The dental implant patient
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Send us your dental panoramic X-ray and our dentist will tell you in detail what your options are for a beautiful and healthy smile.