What is it?
Dental implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and are used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
The root-form implant is the most common type of implant. It consists of three main components:
- Implant screw: made of titanium, the dental implant screw is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw. Titanium is the chosen material because it is accepted by the body extremely well and fuses exceptionally with the bone, in a process called osseointegration, during the healing process.
- Abutment: a metal collar that attaches to the top of the implant screw, the abutment forms the base for a crown, bridge, or denture.
- Crown: the crown is the custom-manufactured tooth that fits on top of the abutment. Bridges and dentures can also be secured to the abutment. The placement of the crown, bridge, or denture is the final step of the implant process.
Why might you need it?
- Are you missing single teeth?
- Do you currently wear dentures or think you are a candidate for dentures?
Missing teeth: Dental implants are recommended whenever at least one tooth is missing in the mouth.
If that missing space is not filled, the teeth surrounding the space often drift, while the opposing teeth in the opposite arch may erupt further into the oral cavity (called hypereruption). When this happens, it can:
- change your bite,
- lead to bone erosion in the affected area, or
- even affect your speech.
If you are missing teeth, and have noticed or are experiencing any of the above effects – a change in your bite, or changes in speech due to missing teeth – an implant may be required.
Dentures: Do you currently have dentures? Or are you thinking of getting dentures? Implants may also be right for you. Implant supported dentures have gained popularity in recent years thanks to innovations in techniques and materials used for the procedure.
Talk to your Esthene Dental Centre dentists about dental implants.
What can The Esthene Dental Centre do for you?
At The Esthene Dental Centre our expert dentists use the latest innovations in techniques and materials for dental implants so comfortable you won’t even know they are there.