What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a way of artificially replacing a tooth, including the tooth root. It consists of a post that is inserted into the jawbone during a small surgical procedure and is used to support a dental prosthesis that may be a crown, bridge or denture. The implant interacts with the jawbone during a process called osseointegration, forming a strong bond between the implant post and the jawbone, creating the kind of strength and stability only previously provided by natural teeth.
In the Past: Dental Bridges and Dentures
In the past options for replacing missing teeth included dental bridges and dentures, but these can only rest on the gums and are not able to give the high degree of functionality provided by a dental implant. By artificially replacing a tooth root, a dental implant can feel just like a natural tooth, restoring your ability to eat and chew with complete confidence.
What Is the Function of a Dental Implant?
Dental implants for single or to replace multiple teeth and they can be particularly useful for people who have lost all their natural teeth and who may currently wear full dentures. Restoring a single missing tooth with an implant can look amazing as the tooth will emerge from the gum just like a natural tooth. Where multiple teeth are missing in the same area of the mouth, an implant supported bridge can be fitted, without the need to cut down healthy teeth adjacent to the gap.
By using dental implants, dentures can be comfortably and firmly retained as they will have special attachments that will clip onto the dental implants or onto a bar that has been attached to the implants. It is also possible to use dental implants to retain a complete arch of teeth. This will replace the denture with a bridge that can only be removed by Dr. Rahmani. This is either screwed or cemented onto the dental implants.