Dental implants are a long-lasting replacement for your own natural teeth. Durable, just like your own teeth, with good oral hygiene, they’re permanent replacements. The implant will fuse to your jawbone directly, replacing not just your external tooth, but strengthening your jawbone as well as the bone surrounding it.
What are Implants?
With a 95% success rate, implants can be used in a number of different ways. Each type of implant is made for a purpose, whether that is to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or serve as a support system for replacing many teeth.
All implants have three different parts: the artificial tooth root acts as a base for the replacement tooth; a metal frame is attached to the base, and is designed to hold an artificial tooth; and then there is the artificial tooth itself, which fills any gaps between your teeth.
Implants support and assist with your jawbone health and that of other teeth, as well as improving your smile.They can also help you to speak more clearly, too. And, because implants are just like your natural teeth, you care for them as you would your own teeth.
Use the same good kind of dental hygiene that you do for your own natural teeth, in other words:
- Brush them and floss twice a day
- Schedule your regular 6 month check-ups and cleanings with your dentist
What Type of Metal is Used in Dental Implants?
Dental implants are commonly made from titanium. The titanium is medical-grade, and it is chosen because it is extremely highly biocompatible and it is also strong, so the implant post can fuse with your jawbone around it.
Different Types of Implants
There are four main kinds of implants, including:
- Single Tooth Dental Implants
- Multiple Teeth Replacement Implants
- All-on-Four Implants
Single Tooth Implants
The most typical implant type is a single tooth dental implant. Inserted in the jawbone surgically, the implant replaces your missing tooth without any damage to your surrounding teeth. That single implanted tooth is just like your natural tooth as to how it looks and functions.
If you’re missing three or more adjacent teeth, an implant-supported bridge can be used.
The implants replace the two outermost missing teeth. A porcelain bridge between them covers the remaining gap.
If you’re missing all your teeth in an upper or lower arch, all-on-four implants can be used as anchors. Just these four implants cano support a full replacement arch.
All-on-4 implants are both fully durable and functional, supporting your jawbone and making use of your available bone to help prevent the need for a bone graft. Once these implant posts are placed, then your artificial teeth are attached. This kind of implant is frequently recommended because of its comfort, permanence, and excellent functionality instead of traditional dentures.
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