If you are considering dental implants as an option to replace missing teeth in adults, it is important to understand the basic procedure, the structure of the implant and how it all works to give you a long-term, successful replacement.
There are three parts to the implant, each having an equally important role: the titanium implant, the abutment and the dental crown. The titanium implant is the first piece to be used in the procedure. The titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. During healing, the implant and the bone fuse together, acting very similarly to a natural tooth and root system in your jaw. Following the healing, an abutment is fitted to the implant that is exposed just above the gum line. The last piece, the dental crown, is the piece manufactured to look like your natural tooth and is placed over the abutment.
A fixed bridge has been the traditional option for replacing missing teeth in adults. However, this traditional option poses some complications. Often, the procedure required before placing the dental bridge can cause damage to surrounding, healthy teeth. Bridges will also require replacement, usually once or twice over a lifetime. Bridges or partial dentures used to replace missing teeth in adults also have a 30 percent failure rate within five to seven years of placement. Considering the complications, replacements and relatively high failure rate, dental implants are a more cost effective option, especially for replacements done earlier in life.
To add to the list of benefits for dental implants as an option to replace missing teeth in adults, implants promote overall oral and jaw health in ways traditional methods simply cannot. The dental implants sit in the jawbone as a natural tooth would; this provides necessary stimulation to the jaw bone, preventing bone loss and preserving the jaw bone. In some cases, where a tooth has been missing for some time, bone grafting may be necessary before the implant can be placed.
With over 50 years of science, research and successful implants in patients, dental implants are often the best option for replacing missing teeth in adults. For more information or a consultation for dental implants in Albuquerque, call Dr. Burton Melton’s office today.
Dr. Burton Melton is a leading prosthodontist in Albuquerque, NM. Along with the knowledgeable staff at Implant Dentistry of the Southwest, Dr. Melton offers a variety of advanced treatment options including dental implants, All-on-4 implants, implant supported dentures, bone grafting, and TMJ procedures. Dr. Melton welcomes patients from Albuquerque, NM; Santa Fe, NM; and Northern New Mexico. Call (505) 883-7744 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.