What Is Implant Dentistry?

April 8, 2009 by ePR Source

Implant dentistry has quickly become the preferred cosmetic dental treatment for missing teeth. Its advantages over traditional treatments such as dentures and bridges are so great that choosing implants over other treatments is a “no-brainer” for many who qualify for the procedure. Simply put, implants provide the most durable, natural looking, easily maintained, and hassle-free treatment option available.

How does it work?

A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant itself, which is a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone; a post, which is attached to the screw; and the dental crown, which is then attached to the post. An implant comes in sections so that the crown can be replaced without having to replace the implant, should the crown ever be damaged.

Advantages of implants

The advantages implants have over other treatment options are huge. In fact, an implant is in some ways better than having a natural tooth. Implants are not susceptible to decay, or as prone to staining for example. Other advantages include:

  • Easy maintenance – Implants can be brushed and flossed just like a natural tooth. Unlike bridges, “threaders” are unnecessary for flossing.
  • No denture pain – Even with the latest advances in denture manufacturing, denture pain is a chronic condition for many denture wearers.
  • Longevity and cost-effectiveness – Dentures and bridges need replacing, often requiring multiple costly trips to the dentist’s office. The initial cost of an implant is higher than other treatment options, but overall cost will be lower in the long run.
  • Preservation of existing bone structure – An implant will stimulate the bone structure around it, keeping it from deteriorating and the “domino effect” that such deterioration will have on surrounding healthy teeth.

Are you a candidate for implants?

Implants are not for everyone, but if you have generally good oral health and sufficient jawbone structure, then odds are good that you are a prime candidate for implants. A thorough dental examination will ultimately be necessary to determine your candidacy. It is important that you choose an experienced cosmetic dentist who has the eye and instinct of an artist, as well as a command of all the techniques of a traditional dentist.

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