Dental Implants are perfect for people who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth and would like a more permanent solution than a removable denture. They are sometimes a better alternative to bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. The implant process requires several visits and is typically performed over the course of a few months.
he first part of the process is to place a titanium screw (implant) into the jaw bone. Once the screw is placed, an abutment is fastened to the implanted screw and an artificial tooth is attached to the abutment that protrudes from the gum. Once the artificial tooth is placed on the abutment, it looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. This is a great option for those who are concerned about the feeling of removable dentures, especially while eating or drinking. Because dental implants are designed to function like natural teeth, they allow patients to continue life as normal.
If a patient is finding that removable dentures are irritating or frustrating, dental implants can also be used to secure partial or full dentures. Instead of attaching an artificial tooth to the abutment, the dental plate or partial is fitted with an O-ring Locator™ that snaps on to the abutment. This gives the dentures a semi-permanent, locked-into-place feeling.
For a partial denture, as few as one implant may be needed and for full dentures, it will take two or more implants to securely hold the prosthesis in place. Your dentist can determine how many you will need and what will work best with your mouth and your lifestyle. Implant-supported partials or dentures function just like normal teeth, allowing you to bite and chew just as you did with your permanent teeth, but the dentures can still be removed for cleaning.