Implants are perhaps the strongest and most reliable restorations in the world of dentistry. They are made from highly strong and durable metal, such as titanium. Since they are implanted into the jawbone, they provide excellent stability and also prevent bone deterioration or shrinkage. Hence, dentists recommend implants as the first choice for replacing missing natural teeth.
How can implants be used to replace missing teeth?
Implants are combined with other oral restorations, such as bridges, crowns, or dentures, to replace missing natural teeth. While the metal implant stud forms the tooth root, the visible tooth crown will be replaced by the restorations mentioned above. They are usually made from ceramic or composite in the case of crowns & bridges or a combination of ceramic & acrylic when it comes to dentures.
Implants with crowns
Dental implants are usually combined with ceramic crowns to replace single missing teeth. For this purpose, a connecting element called the abutment is placed on the implant. The ceramic crown will be fixed to the implant by means of the abutment along with dental adhesives. They are considered the best and most long-lasting option to restore single missing teeth.
Implant-supported bridges can be especially of use to patients who have lost two or three adjacently placed teeth. Such cases are usually encountered in cases of oral trauma, where the patient loses multiple teeth. Initially, the dentist places an implant in the jawbone and then places a bridge consisting of two or three prosthetic teeth on it, thereby replacing all of them in one go. This prevents the need for multiple implants. Also, in comparison to regular dental bridges, implant-supported bridges offer better stability and longevity.
Patients who have lost most or all of their teeth often look towards dentures to get them restored. This is quite understandable as dentures are often regarded as the best option for restoring a large number of missing teeth. Dentures can be made more stable using dental implants. The dentist will precisely place four implants in your jawbone, and then over which he will mount the dentures. The dentures will have slots in them where the implant studs would go and get locked in position.
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