Why dental implants? The obvious reason is to replace a missing tooth (or teeth). Another reason is to help anchor a denture in place. Actually the most important reason is to regain your confidence and self esteem.
If you avoid smiling or eating in public because your denture might slip or a space left by a missing tooth might show, then dental implants may be an option for you.
A dental implant has two components:
Multiple implants are used to secure a fixed implant bridge. This is where several teeth are missing and implants are used to anchor the crowns that will become the persons new teeth.
Once the implants are healed in the bone, the custom fabricated crowns and bridges are anchored to the implants.
The patient now has a natural look that is very secure and functional.
Multiple implants are possible in both upper and lower jaws.
All teeth missing...
multiple implants anchored in bone.
Special fixed bridge is attached to implants - missing teeth and lost gum tissue replaced with very secure, prosthesis that does not come out. Patient can now chew like normal.
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Multiple implants are also used to secure a denture. This will prevent the denture from moving up and down or sideways which is always a problem for some people. The implants are connected to a bar-like device and the denture "snaps" onto the bar very securely.
Metal bar attached to 2 (or more) implants. Special denture is made to grab onto the bar and prevent denture from dislodging. Result is a much more comfortable denture that can be used to chew properly.
While nothing works as well as your own set of natural healthy teeth, implants can be considered the next best thing. People are not even aware they have implants once the procedure is done. The replacement teeth feel extremely natural and function like the teeth the person used to have.