Newest Option for Missing Teeth
- 2 Components-Post & Crown
- Integrates with Jawbone
- Anchor for Permanent Bridge
- Can Secure Loose Dentures
Implants are great solution for a variety of problems that, until fairly recently, were considered to be insolvable.
Many options exist for the replacement of lost teeth. One that has gained considerable acceptance is the dental implant.
Until fairly recently, dentures and bridges were the only options for replacing missing teeth. But, some people don’t want to or can't wear dentures, and bridges require crowns on the adjacent teeth and are difficult to effectively clean. The dental implant has none of these disadvantages.
Improved techniques and advances in the materials used for implants have made the permanent dental implant a better alternative for many people.
A dental implant has two main components: a porous metal anchor which is surgically placed into the jawbone, and the custom-made tooth which is attached to it.
The bone will grow into the porous areas of the anchor and strongly lock it in place. This process, known as Osseo integration, takes three to six months. (Often a temporary bridge is worn during this period). When the anchor has become fully integrated into the bone, a mounting post is screwed into it and a specially designed crown is attached to the post and positioned at the gum line for a natural appearance.
Implants are ideal for:
- securing loose fitting dentures, especially lower dentures
- replacing a single missing tooth between two healthy teeth
- anchoring permanent bridges with up to six tooth units
With the techniques and materials available today, and proper long-term care, implants can last a lifetime.