Types of Dental Implants
Individual Dental Implants
This is a great answer for those who have lost one or more individual teeth due to accident, injury, genetics or cavities. A dental implant offers a comfortable and natural looking solution for missing teeth.
The dentist places an anchoring rod made from titanium into the jaw which then becomes the "root" of the new tooth. After the rod has settled into place in the mouth, a completely normal looking crown is attached to the rod, this completes the new tooth.
The new tooth looks just like a real one. When it has healed you will be able to use it and clean it in the same way as you do your other teeth. This gives it an advantage over removable teeth or bridges, because you don't have to worry about taking it in and out (as with dentures), or about the damage that might occur to neighbouring teeth and gums (as with bridges).
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Implanted bridges are an excellent and superior alternative to traditional bridges. Traditional bridges use two neighbouring teeth to support a false tooth, hence the name "bridge". An implanted bridge, however, uses a rod which is implanted into the jaw to support up to three crowns.
With a traditional bridge, some of the supporting teeth have to be taken away in order to fit the bridge across. The weight of the false tooth, and anything that you use it for, is taken by the supporting teeth. This can cause damage to the supporting teeth and mean that they wear down more quickly. It may also put greater strain on the gums, causing damage there too.
With implanted bridges this is not an issue because the false tooth or teeth rest on an implant which is placed directly into your gum. The neighbouring teeth do not have to be adjusted to fit the bridge and they do not carry the weight of the final result. An implanted bridge can replace several teeth and fill a bigger gap than a traditional bridge is able to do.
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Implanted dentures are an exceptional alternative to traditional dentures. A few implants, or fastening pillars, are inserted into the jawbone. These become roots for the false teeth. When these are established, natural looking, personally designed crowns are attached to the pillars thus creating a complete set of natural looking teeth.
Whilst traditional dentures are unable to handle some foods, particularly crunchy or hard foods, denture implants function very like normal teeth, allowing you to eat normally.
Conventional dentures can cause a loss of jawbone, because the bone shrinks when there are fewer tooth roots within it. Implanted dentures are fixed into the jawbone, thus strengthening the bone and stopping it from shrinking as rapidly, ensuring that it stays stronger for longer.
Because they are removable, traditional dentures move in the mouth, making it harder to eat, and causing soreness and bleeding to the gums. Denture implants are fixed to the bone and do not move, thus avoiding these problems.
Denture Implants can be treated much as you would treat your natural teeth. The new teeth do not need to be removed at night and can be brushed in the same way as you would brush your natural teeth.
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