What is Dental Implant?
A dental implant is also known as endosseous implant or fixture. It is a dental procedure that anchors a small screw to the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture. The small screw acts as a replacement tooth root. You can either have a single implant or several implants and also can have implants put in to support a full set of dentures.
What Do Implants Do?
Dental implants are often used to retain artificial teeth and facial prosthetics or to act as anchor points for orthodontics. This procedure is a great way to correct a missing tooth. It can be for cosmetic reasons or because it affects your speech or chewing.
CT Scan For Implants
A CT scan is the first step for getting dental implants. This shows us variables like your bone quality, your jaw pathology, and your maxillary sinus’s location. It also allows us to find the right implant measurements. The scan will allow Dr. Barriere to determine how your implant treatment should proceed and if you need any additional treatments, like bone regeneration, before receiving your implants.
Avoid any Bone Loss
When you have a missing tooth, it can also create bone loss around the area of the missing tooth. If you lose your tooth by accident or disease, there is a way to restore your smile. Dental implants are the choice preferred by many people to eliminate the hassle of dentures or partial dentures, and sometimes they are a choice for people who do not want to have to remove part of the structure for a bridge.
What Makes Up an Implant
A natural tooth has two parts: the crown, which is the visible part that is covered with white enamel, and the root, which supports the crown and extends to the jawbone. Dental implants are a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. The implant is a post made of titanium that is attached to the jawbone as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Titanium has the unique property of fusing directly to the jawbone. This biological process is called osseointegration and creates firm support for the new manmade teeth without causing a foreign body reaction.
Different Dental Implants
There are different forms of implants that are widely used in dentistry. A single implant is a stand-alone treatment for an individual tooth. You do not have to treat the tooth next to it. A fixed implant that supports a bridge is a multiple tooth dental prosthesis. The bridge will usually connect to more than one implant and may also connect to teeth as anchor points. A removable implant is what supports dentures. This is a type of dental prosthetic that is not permanently fixed. You can remove the dentures by disconnecting them from the implant abutments.