The dental implant is typically made of titanium. When placed by an experienced Miami prosthodontist, a dental implant is a safe and proven effective replacement for the tooth root, which is the very foundation of a natural tooth. As you’ll read below, dental implant technology is quite sophisticated, so be sure to use a credentialed implant dentist. This will give you peace of mind because you are working with a proven dental implant expert.
The dental implant is placed in the jawbone and fuses or integrates with, your natural bone. As result, a dental implant forms the stable and sturdy base for your replacement teeth.
Various types of dental implants are available, including:
Endosteal implant: These dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders or plates, they are the most commonly used type of implant.
Subperiosteal implants: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who have a shallow jawbone and cannot or do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it.
Dental implants also come in different sizes and heights, including standard and narrow (mini). Your dental implant expert is trained to help you determine what option is right for you depending on the tooth or teeth that need to be replaced.
If you have additional questions about dental implants, contact your local prosthodontist near you for a free consultation.
Tooth Replacement Options
If you are missing one or more teeth, there are several options available for replacement teeth. Below is a description of some common tooth replacement options:
Dental Implants. The standard of excellence by which other tooth replacement options are judged. More natural looking than other options, it is also more stable and typically longer lasting than many other tooth replacement options. It also has the important advantage of stimulating the bone under the tooth, thus avoiding bone loss and the resulting change in facial appearance.
Tooth-supported fixed bridge. A common tooth replacement option, the process of adding this type of bridge intentionally damaged healthy teeth. Specifically, the procedure involves grinding away healthy, adjacent teeth, then adding a bridge across those teeth to support the crown. Because there is no tooth or implant stimulating the jawbone, the natural bone underneath a tooth-supported bridge may deteriorate over time changing the appearance of your smile and face. This can be serious, so it is important that you check with a tooth replacement expert before proceeding.
Removable partial dentures. Removable partial dentures may have stability and comfort issues. They may also affect your speech and eating. As is true of other non-implant options, the bone underneath a removable partial denture may deteriorate over time changing the appearance of your smile and face. Before choosing this option, check with an experienced dentist who understands dentures.
Resin-bonded bridge. In this bridge variation, also called a Maryland-bonded bridge, metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to you existing teeth. Often a better option than revocable partial dentures, this tooth replacement option is typically not as long lasting as a dental implant.
Complete denture. Often viewed as the low cost alternative, the replacement costs of a complete denture can be significant over the long term. Perhaps more importantly, dentures can be awkward (e.g., they can click in the mouth when one speaks, eats, laughs or coughs), be uncomfortable, and limit the ability to taste food fully.
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