If you are missing any teeth and would like to fill the gaps, dental implants are typically the best way to replace them. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth and are long-lasting. This natural feel is achieved by placing a titanium screw into the jawbone, which will fuse with the bone. This implant functions as a replacement for the root of the missing tooth and supports the new artificial tooth. When the dental implant is fused to the jawbone, it does not affect the teeth on either side of the gap while giving strong support. Titanium has the unique quality of being able to bond with the bone and not being rejected as a foreign material. The success rate for dental implants approaches 98 percent.
For replacing missing teeth, there are three possibilities:
1. Complete or partial dentures, which are removable
2. Fixed or cemented bridge
3. Dental implants
The problem with dentures is they are removable and can affect the taste of food. Before dental implants, bridgework was the common way to replace teeth, but bridgework requires grinding down the natural teeth to support the bridge. Implants do not harm the surrounding teeth and rely only on the bone for support.
Several factors need to be considered when choosing dental implants:
• The location of the missing teeth or tooth
• The quality and quantity of the jawbone where the implant is to be placed
• The overall health of the patient
• The patient’s preferences
When you have a consultation with our specialist, the area where the dental implant is to be fitted will be examined. From there, we can make a clinical decision whether you are a good candidate for an implant.
Dental implants are suitable for people who have lost teeth due to an injury, accident or decay. Full dentures can be anchored by implants through specialized techniques as well. This is a good option because the dentures do not slip or slide around the mouth and make sounds when you talk or eat.
There are important advantages to consider when it comes to choosing dental implants over other options. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with our team at Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry, with locations in Champions Gate and Winter Haven. Contact us today and book an appointment!