The placement of dental implants is one of the best long-term options for permanently restoring one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health problems in addition to making everyday functions, like chewing and smiling, more difficult. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence and avoid associated oral health problems.
A dental implant consists of three main parts: the medical-grade titanium implant post, the custom-made crown, and the connecting abutment. The dental implant post is placed in the jaw and naturally integrates with the jaw bone, providing a secure base for a custom-made porcelain crown. This crown is fabricated to look just like your missing natural tooth or teeth and is firmly secured to the implant post through the connecting abutment. This solid foundation allows patients to experience a lifetime of benefits if their dental implants are cared for properly.
Why do dental implants have a three-part design?
The three-part design utilized to create dental implants allows oral surgeons to provide patients with the most functional, natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing restoration possible. Other restorative options, such as a bridge, do not restore the entire tooth; they merely restore the crown. This means that there is nothing present to stimulate the jaw bone because the tooth root has not been restored. This can cause shrinkage of the jaw bone which can result in the shifting and loosening of healthy teeth over time. By using the three-part design, oral surgeons eliminate the jaw bone issues that are caused by the missing tooth root. Traditional restorations also rely on the strength of remaining natural teeth to bear their burden, damaging otherwise healthy teeth. The dental implant screw provides a sturdy base for the restorative crown, which ensures that the health of the mouth is maintained. Because the dental implant is non-removable, patients can eat, speak, and smile with ease and confidence.
How are dental implants used?
Dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth restoration options. Dental implants can be used to restore individual teeth, multiple missing teeth as part of a bridge, a full set of teeth through full-arch restoration, and even as a temporary anchorage device for orthodontic treatment. This versatility makes them one of the most attractive options for tooth replacement.
When placed properly by a trained oral surgeon, dental implants can last a lifetime. The team at Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons works with every patient to understand their individual needs and provide treatment that will provide the desired results.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to learn more about dental implants, please contact our office in Kennewick, WA, to meet with one of our highly trained oral surgeons.