Replacing missing teeth with dental implants

Dental ImplantsTeeth are an essential part of the body and can affect our well-being in more than one way. More specifically, missing teeth can affect a patient’s bite, speech and eating habits. Relying on your remaining healthy teeth instead of replacing missing teeth can takes its toll on the former, increasing their chances of wearing out, getting damaged or being lost prematurely.

Dental implants are designed to provide a steady foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With dental implants, patients regain their ability to smile with confidence, eat their favourite foods and preserve their facial structure. These small titanium posts are surgically incorporated into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Titanium is compatible with human tissues and bonds with the jawbone to form a strong foundation for artificial crowns, dentures or bridges. Dental implants are offered by many dental practices including Broadway Dental in Loughton.

Dental implants: a 3 part solution

Dental implants typically consist of 3 parts – the implant, the abutment and the restoration. The implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of the missing tooth and serves as a root for the new artificial tooth. Implants are permanently secured into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The abutment, on the other hand, is a fixture that connects the dental implants with the artificial teeth. It is designed to stay permanently in place, however it can be removed by a dentist if needed.

Finally, replacement teeth come in many types and sizes and refer to the part of the tooth that is visible. Besides regular crowns, artificial teeth can also come in the form of implant-retained dentures or bridges for patients who have lost more than one tooth in a row. Artificial teeth are made of durable materials, such as zirconium or porcelain, to look and feel exactly like natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full set of teeth.

For most patients, dental implant treatment is completed in 2 steps. First, dental implants are placed into the jawbone. Then, after a healing period of several weeks, the dentist will permanently attach the replacement teeth to complete the restoration.