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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures. Implants replace the root and crown of the tooth using manufactured materials such as metal for the root and ceramic material for the crown.
A dental implant can replace one tooth or a set of teeth, depending on what you need as the patient. Once the implants are in place, they can perform all of the functions of a natural tooth and don’t need to be taken in and out like dentures.
Why would I need dental implants?
One of the most common reasons a patient needs a dental implant is periodontal disease. This is a disease that affects the surrounding area of the tooth, including the gums and bone.
Periodontal disease can cause the tooth to loosen since it deteriorates the structures holding the tooth in place.
You may also need dental implants if you lose a tooth due to a traumatic incident, if you break a tooth or teeth, or if you have severe tooth decay. If you lose a tooth due to any of these reasons, it is crucial to replace the tooth with an implant as soon as possible. If you don’t, the jawbone around the area of the missing tooth will start to weaken, which can cause serious damage not only to your teeth but your entire mouth.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. An endosteal implant includes a metal post inserted as the root of the tooth, an abutment, and a crown. The metal post is set into the jawbone.
From there, osseointegration takes over. Osseointegration is the natural process of the jawbone adhering to the post. Once this integration fully occurs, the abutment and crown can be added and the implant is complete.
Instead of being inserted into the jawbone, periosteal implants are placed beneath the gum and soft tissue on top of the jawbone using a metal framework instead of a screw.
Osseointegration is not necessary for this type of implant. Instead, periosteal implants are absorbed by the gum and soft tissue.
All On 4 Dental Implants
All On 4 is a more recent advancement in the area of implant dentistry. Using a bridge prosthesis, All On 4 dental implants can replace all 32 teeth using just four implants. If you need all of your teeth replaced, this technique is ideal compared to replacing each tooth with an individual implant.
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