Dental implants are metal frames or posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone and used as the base for the positioning and securing of artificial teeth that replace damaged or lost natural ones. Implants have been around since 1952 and are today the standard and most common procedure for the fixing of prosthetic teeth.
The American Dental Association has approved 2 types of dental implants.
Your dentist will, after examining you, discuss the options with you and advise you on what would be right for you. Among the factors that will influence the dentist's decision are the health of the gums and the strength of the jawbone. The patient will also need to commit to maintaining a high level of dental care and hygiene which will affect the durability of the implant.
While the main function of dental implants is to replace missing teeth, there are other applications too. Because they are stable, implants may be used to support removable dentures, if the patient requires it. In the case of orthodontics, mini-implants can be used as temporary anchors to help position teeth. Once the teeth are aligned, the implants are removed.
Your dentist is the best person to advice and guide you on the tooth replacement procedure that is best for you. Remember that each patient is different and just because your best friend is happy with dentures or a bridge, it does not mean that either of these options are right for you. Fix an appointment with a dentist near you to begin the process of tooth replacement that will be most suitable for you. Contact us at 408-725-1536 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.