Implants are a fixed option for tooth replacement that are placed into the bone in the mouth and mimic roots of natural teeth. They are usually made of titanium or its alloy as it is compatible with our biology. The process in which the implant heals within the bone is called osseointegration.
The implants support artificial teeth like natural roots support natural teeth. This procedure is great option for many patients looking for a fixed option to replace missing teeth. At Refresh Dental, we provide implant restoration services.
When may an implant be a option for you?
Implants can be a good option to replace missing teeth. They are currently the closest thing we have to replacing a natural tooth. If a tooth is missing or needs to be extracted, there are many options for replacement including an implant supported restoration. Here are some reasons an implant restoration may be suitable for you.
Increased denture support- Implants can be used to anchor dentures and provide additional support and biting force. Missing teeth - Implants can be used to replace teeth in a fixed manner without preparing other adjacent teeth.
Implants integrate with the surrounding bone structure and are fixed into place. Replacing missing teeth can decrease the chance of drifting/shifting of adjacent teeth, increase chewing function and help to maintain bone.
What are the long-term benefits of implant restorations?
- Easy maintenance - Single unit or bridge implants are maintained the same as natural teeth. Just brush and floss them just as you would natural teeth, making sure there's no accumulation of bacteria along the gum line or between the teeth.
- Professional dental hygiene care is also essential to implant maintenance.
- Close to natural teeth - Implant crowns can be made from many materials including ceramic, porcelain, metal or a metal/porcelain combination. The implant restoration can be matched to the color and shape of natural teeth to make the restoration as esthetic as possible.
- Fixed- Dentures are a removable restoration and are taken out each night. Over time, the bone often changes and results in the dentures needing to be relined or remade to maintain proper fit. Because implants are osseointegrated into the bone, they help to maintain the bone that can be lost when there are no teeth present. Also, as implants are a fixed restoration, natural chewing function is also restored.
This procedure doesn't suit all patients. Young individuals who are still growing, patients with active tooth decay or gum disease as well as certain medical conditions may make you unsuitable for this procedure. Our general dentists will examine your current oral health to assess you're a suitable candidate.
If you want to know more about our implant restoration services here at Refresh Dental, give us a call on 780-705-5557. You can also get in touch through our online form and book an appointment.