Teeth are an extremely important resource for us in everyday life. They help us to eat, give us esthetics and help with such things as speech. These characteristics make teeth an integral and important part of our daily life. Because of this, it is important to maintain our teeth in good working condition. The premature loss of teeth, that can occur for various reasons, can adversely impact our lives and how we eat, talk and appear to others. The most predictable and enduring solution in cases of tooth loss, is dental implant therapy. A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw that is surgically positioned into the jaw bone. It is a relative routine procedure, whereby the dental implants form the foundation for a prosthodontic crown. These “new teeth” then help improve our biting ability, maintain dental arch space, and improve function. They are very durable, and with appropriate care can last for many years.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants refer to artificial teeth roots that are implanted into the jaw bone. They are often made of biocompatible titanium materials and occupy the space of a missing tooth. Dental implants are restored with crowns, that then serve to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants can be placed in both the upper as well as lower jaws. Titanium is a biocompatible substance that fuses seamlessly with the jaw bone imparting a strong and resilient foundation for the “new tooth.” People with pre-existing removable dentures, complete dentures and dental bridges in the upper and lower dental arches, may also be candidates for this fixed prosthodontic treatment.