Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth, but why is this?
A dental implant replicates a natural tooth both in form and function. There are outdated ways to replace missing teeth such as dentures and bridges. However, dental implants are the superior tooth replacement option in function and cosmetics.
What exactly is a Dental Implant and how does it work?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replicates a natural tooth. There are three components to a dental implant: implant, abutment and crown. The implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the jawbone where it fuses with the surrounding bone. The abutment is screwed into the implant and protrudes from the gum tissue. The cosmetic porcelain crown then is cemented onto the abutment. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants do not come out and are cared for just like natural teeth.
Why use dental implants rather than bridges or dentures?
Both dentures and bridges are older ways to replace missing teeth and have many disadvantages when compared against dental implants. Neither bridges nor dentures do anything to stimulate and preserve bone. Only dental implants will preserve and maintain bone levels in the jaw. Bridges require aggressive cutting on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Once the teeth are ground down to support the bridge the tooth structure can never be restored. Oral hygiene is difficult with bridges as multiple teeth are fused together. Bridges very frequently fail in the first ten years because of decay around the teeth supporting the bridge. Also, the teeth supporting the bridge often need root canals.
Say NO to Dentures.
Dentures leave patients as oral invalids. The old fashioned dentures are merely bulky plastic prosthesis that are inserted into the mouth. The dentures only rest on the gum tissue. The dentures slip and fall out frequently. Messy denture adhesives have to be used to try to keep the denture in place.
What is the All-on-Four dental implant treatment?
The All-on-Four dental implant treatment is both faster and cheaper than conventional individual implants. The back implants are angled. This allows the implant to have more surface area in contact with bone and for the dental implants to avoid anatomical structures. Fewer implants are needed to support the all-on-four dental implant treatment.
Dr. Nugent is a Cosmetic Dentist in Pasadena, Texas. His practice deals with Cosmetic, General, Implant and Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Nugent sees patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Friendswood, League City and Clear Lake. Demand the best in implant dentistry.