You may have heard the term “dental implant” used before, but you may not know exactly what they are, or what they can correct. The actual term itself pretty accurately describes the fact that these devices are implanted, or placed, into the structure of the jaw. Whenever a tooth has been extracted, or otherwise removed, these implants can act as a replacement tooth. When it comes to the need for dental implants Austin patients may have many different reasons for choosing this solution.
The actual prosthetic itself is made from a combination of different materials that are chosen to both naturally fuse with the bone of your jaw, and to look and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. A top Austin dentist can provide you with a personal consultation if you’re considering implants for yourself.
The Components of the Implant:
- The fixture is the part of the implant that actually goes into the bone of the jaw. This part is a titanium screw, the material of which has been chosen because it allows for the bone of the jaw to more readily graft over it, as it would for the root of a natural tooth. The actual materials chosen are typically of a higher level of purity than what you might find with other titanium products.
- The abutment is the part of the implant that is above the gum. This will be the seat of the crown, which will be placed later. Abutments are usually not placed on the implant until the fixture has fused to the bone, to provide a more stable level of support for the crown.
- The crown, or prosthesis, is the most visible part of the implant. The crown looks like a natural tooth, and is always custom made and fitted to be as comfortable and natural looking as possible for a patient. Crowns may be screwed onto the fixture, or they may be bonded, depending on the function of the implant.
What Can Dental Implants Correct?
- Missing teeth are the primary problem that dental implants are used to correct. Implants may be recommended for one, or several, teeth that have been extracted or otherwise have been removed from the mouth.
- Dentures may also be used in conjunction with dental implants to provide a more secure setting for the prosthesis. A series of dental implants can be placed along the upper and lower jaw, and then the denture plate can be secured into those implants, effectively keeping the dentures from “slipping” or otherwise falling out of place.
- Bridges can also be used with dental implants, in a way that’s similar to dentures; one dental implant may act as a post, and another be placed on the opposite side of the bridge, to provide support where teeth aren’t available.
Dental implants are typically considered to be one of the best long term solutions for Texas patients with tooth loss. To get more information, contact the offices of Dr. Tejas Patel.