Dental Implants & Restorations
Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Dental implants offer several benefits
Because dental implants actually take the place of your missing roots, they offer advantages that other options don't, such as:
- No Change to Your Jawbone: The roots of your teeth constantly stimulate your jawbone and keep it strong. Once the roots are gone, the area under the tooth begins to shrink and weaken. Eventually, jawbone weakening can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging. Since implants replace your roots, your jawbone stays strong.
- A Stable Foundation for Your Crown: After osseointegration occurs, your Nashua dentist attaches a crown to your implant. The crown takes the place of your tooth above the gum line and looks very natural. Poorly fitting bridges or dentures can cause gum irritation if they slip when you bite and chew. Because your implant bonds to your jawbone, it provides a very stable foundation for your crown, and you never have to worry about irritation due to slippage.
- A Better Option for Your Budget: The initial cost of a dental implant can be higher than a bridge or dentures, but it's important to consider the lifetime costs of each option. With proper care, your implant will never need to be replaced, but you'll probably need to replace your bridge or dentures several times during your lifetime.
Are You A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. All dentists will recommend that proper oral health should be maintained however in the case of dental implants, strict oral hygiene should be upheld to avoid the risk of disease.
Dental Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because dental implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
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