During the past 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways for treating and replacing lost teeth.
Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.
Your dentist will evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Single-tooth dental implants don't slip or making embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth" and are frequently the best treatment option for replacing a missing tooth, or teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using nearby teeth as anchors, like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically fixed into place by the jawbone. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root.
Dental bridges "bridge the gap" created by one or more missing teeth. This treatment restores your smile and ability to chew or speak by distributing the force of your bite and preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position. The bridge itself is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and the false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
After a period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. There are many types of dental crowns and they're used for a variety of situations, however the most common is as a way to restore a broken tooth. Other functions are to hold a dental bridge into place, to protect weakened teeth or as a cover for a dental implant.
Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.