When Are Cosmetic Dental Implants Used?
Dental implants are a good option for replacing missing teeth, and many people choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.
Dental implants can greatly help those who:
- Have missing teeth and hide their smile
- Wear uncomfortable dentures
- Want to keep other teeth intact
As long as there is enough supporting bone remaining, missing teeth can have dental implants dentures placed. Following healing and bone-integration of the implants, they can be restored several ways:
- Single tooth crowns, which include the two following options:
- Screw-retained crowns – Crowns that are directly attached to the implant
- Custom-abutment and crown – This is directly attached to the implant and a crown is cemented to the abutment
- Multiple teeth crowns (bridges)
- Snap-on full dental implants or partial dentures
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide the following benefits:
- Firm support to man-made teeth. Dentures, bridges, or single teeth attached to the implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth, making it easy to eat and speak properly.
- The secure fit helps man-made teeth feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures.
- Dental implants may also help keep the jawbone from shrinking in areas where teeth are missing.
- With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Existing teeth are preserved when you have a dental implants procedure.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants
Those who are in good general health, and whose jaws can support an implant, are typically good candidates.
Implant treatment may not be a good option for those with certain chronic illnesses, such as leukemia and diabetes, as they may experience a slow healing process after surgery.
For those who do receive dental implants, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene following the procedure in order for the implant to be successful. The area surrounding the implant must be kept very clean to avoid gum disease.
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