“What Are Dental Implants And How Are They Used To Replace Missing Teeth With Crowns?” Part 1
There are many reasons for teeth loss. Among them are decay, periodontal (gum and bone), trauma, and congenital. Failure to replace missing teeth can lead to shifting, drifting and greater wear of other teeth, bite changes, chewing difficulty, etc.
When teeth are lost, the most comfortable treatment for you is a non-removable solution. In the non-implant fixed bridge procedure, teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth are prepared for crowns. The missing section is attached to them and the finished case is cemented.
With implants the adjacent teeth do not have to be touched, and you will have a fixed not removable solution. A single implant will replace one missing tooth. If more than one tooth is missing it is not always necessary to place an implant for each missing tooth.
Thankfully, dental implants offer some of the finest restorative results possible in modern dentistry. They can often provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. They have a very good prognosis and for many patients they will last the rest of their lives.
Constructed of titanium, implants are shaped like screws and are easily and painlessly placed into the jawbone.
Once placed they will actually attach to the bone of the jaw through a process called osteointegration. (Osseo meaning bone from the Greek and Latin.)
After the implant is placed an abutment is fastened into it.
A crown is then cemented on the abutment.
Sometimes we may screw the crown and abutment together into the implant. These crowns are called “implant supported crowns”.
In the next edition, Dr, Hirschberg will list and answer frequently asked questions such as:
- Are implants always successful?
- Is everyone a candidate for successful?
- Are implant supported teeth as strong as natural teeth?