Dental implants are changing the way people live and are one of the most important advances in modern dentistry. Implant dentistry offers a patient who is missing one, several, or all their teeth an excellent alternative to partials or complete dentures. Dental implants provide the comfort, appearance, and function of natural teeth.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone and serves as a root substitute for a tooth. During a four to six month healing period the jawbone fuses to the implant and anchors it in the mouth. These anchors provide a strong foundation for replacing single or multiple teeth. Once appropriate healing time has transpired, Schneider Family & Cosmetic Dentistry creates a customized prosthetic tooth for each implant. They then place each prosthetic tooth on each implant restoring tooth function.
There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over traditional treatment options. For instance, it is not necessary to grind down the bordering or adjacent teeth for a bridge or secure a partial denture to them with clasps that might eventually loosen the natural teeth. By utilizing titanium fixtures, people who are missing teeth may be spared the many problems associated with traditional false teeth.
When a tooth is lost, it is normal for the jaw ridge to shrink leaving a defect. Implanted fixtures actually help preserve the gum ridge and jawbone density by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth roots. This helps maintain the integrity of facial structures.
Most dental implant patients experience little or no disruptions to everyday life.