Losing one or several teeth can have an adverse effect on your overall dentition or mouth structures. Dental implants can help prevent problems like bone resorption and help restore chewing function.
Dental implants as reinforcements
If you’re missing a tooth, it is best to replace its structures, including its root. A dental implant is a small titanium rod that acts as a root. It’s secured to the jawbone, under the gums. The other end of the implant is a prosthetic pillar, to which the final restoration—the crown—is secured.
An implant-supported tooth is made up of three parts:
- The implant (artificial root)
- The pillar
- The crown (prosthesis)
Titanium is used specifically for its biocompatible properties. It fuses with the bone thanks to the osseointegration process, stabilizing the jawbone to prevent resorption while helping secure the implant in place.
A solid anchor
An implant has a dual role: it acts as an artificial root and serves as an anchor for dental prostheses.
The benefits of implant-supported replacement teeth include:
- Preserving the integrity of adjacent teeth
- Replacing one or several teeth
- Keeping the prosthesis stable
- Preventing possible discomfort and irritation caused by traditional prostheses
- Giving patients the feeling of having natural teeth
- Looking natural
The restoration phase
When installing dental implants, the final step is the prosthetic restoration. A prosthesis is produced in a laboratory and it can be permanent or removable, depending on your needs.
There are many implant-supported devices:
- Single crown
- Traditional bridge
- Permanent or removable partial prosthesis
- Permanent or removable full prosthesis
- Bar-retained prosthesis
There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth with an implant-supported device. You’ll be able to comfortably eat a wide variety of foods and smile with confidence.
- Are comfortable and attractive
- Improve chewing function
- Enable you to eat different foods and improve your overall health
- Improve speech
- Prevent premature ageing of the face
- Improve your self-esteem
Implantology is a comprehensive and fascinating field that can positively impact your oral and overall health.
If some of your teeth are missing, book an appointment with us. We’ll take the time to assess your situation and propose a treatment plan that suits your needs, goals and financial situation.