What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth for a missing single tooth, multiple missing teeth or even when all of your teeth are missing. At Our Dentist, we can make simple single tooth implant replacements and we can perform complex whole dental restorations with this artificial root system. Dr. Brahmbhatt can evaluate your situation and make recommendations based on your need.
Dental implants background
Dental Implants are a titanium post that resembles a screw. Studies have shown us that some crude form of dental implants have been attempted for centuries. The modern form of the dental implant has been in use since the 1970s. Ever since that time, implants have undergone many improvements in design, with a variation on the same idea. Today, more than 3 million Americans have at least one dental implant and that number is growing by 500,000 a year. As the success and ease of placement of implants has grown, so has their use and popularity.
How do they work?
Many patients know that we insert implants into the jawbone, but there is more to the process. Your dental implant is made of titanium. Titanium is used for surgical procedures by surgeons all over the skeletal frame to make repairs. Doctors use titanium screws and plates to work on knees, hips, and more. They use it because titanium is lightweight, it’s biocompatible, meaning your body won’t reject it, and because your body is willing to bond to it. Through a process called osseointegration, your body will grow around the titanium, making it part of its structure. Your living tissue and bone surround and incorporate the titanium, giving you a strong and permanent hold. Once we feel that the post is secure, we will then place the prosthesis over the implant. This may be a crown, a bridge or a denture.
Why do I want to replace a missing tooth?
Many patients wonder why they can’t just have a missing tooth. Replacing teeth can be expensive, it can be time consuming, and it can just be a hassle. Not replacing them can be more expensive, more time consuming and more of a hassle. Dental implants help patients by:
||Improving their bite: When a tooth is missing, you adjust how you chew. Whether you are chewing on the other side, or just having problems in eating the foods you love, you are making unnecessary adjustments that can affect other aspects of your health.
||Stopping Bone Atrophy: When a tooth is lost, your bone responds with pulling in. Without the constant stimulation of a root, your bone atrophies. This condition is what we often associate an older person’s facial structure.
||Improving Aesthetics: Our mouth says a lot about us, we use it constantly. Whether to smile, to talk, to eat, or even to kiss, we want to present a clean and healthy mouth. Missing teeth can disrupt all of those actions and make us want to hide or cover up that spot.
Dental implants can significantly improve the health and quality of your oral health. We want you to be have the function and look that you desire. Contact our office for an evaluation by calling us at (413) 217-4455.