Dental implants are the most effective way of replacing one or more teeth. The dental implant functions as the root of the tooth and on top of the dental implant a crown is cemented. To safely place a dental implant in the ideal position for long term function a special picture is taken of the bone(CT Scan). Using this picture specialized computer software allows the implant to be placed in its ideal position prior to the surgery. This diagnostic phase of placement allows for safe surgical placement of the dental implant.
Following the surgical placement of the dental implant and integration of the bone with the dental implant the crown is fabricated to fit the top of the implant. The final result is a functioning tooth where there once was a space.
Dental implants can be used to correct a number of dental problems.
An dental implant can be placed in the existing space of a lost tooth. An implant can also be placed immediately after the extraction of a tooth that is not able to be restored or maintained in the mouth.
Dental implants can also replace multiple missing teeth providing a return to natural function and aesthetics. Implants can also be used to build an implant supported bridge. In this circumstance two dental implants would support bridge. The bridge would replace 3 missing teeth. Similar to a bridge supported by natural teeth.
Multiple dental implants can also be used to replace missing teeth in an entire upper or lower jaw. In this circumstance a special structure similar to a bridge is built on top of the supporting implants to gain the look and feel of natural teeth in an entire jaw.
STABILIZING A DENTURE
A few dental implants; often as few as 4 implants can be used to stabilize a full denture. In this way a special attachment is added to the top of the implant that locks into a full denture that sits on top of the implants. These implants will dramatically improve the stability of a denture; allowing the denture to be secure, stable and function similar to natural teeth.