What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a replacement tooth root made of titanium that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.
Their main purpose is to bond with the jaw and provide a secure, long-term solution to restore your chewing ability, improve appearance and prevent bone loss.
How does it work?
Modern dental implants work due to a process called Osseointegration
Osseointegration is an amazing process by which normal healthy bones form a direct interface with a dental implant ensuring an extremely strong long term connection.
This then gives the perfect platform for replacement teeth, dentures or another prosthesis.
Why do I need a Dental Implant?
There are many reasons why you may need one or more dental implants.
It’s important to know if you are considering dental implant solutions to pursue them sooner rather than later.
Without dental implants, a missing or removed tooth will cause the surrounding bone to shrink away as the bone is no longer required.
If multiple teeth are lost or removed more bone is lost affecting facial muscles which can cause impaired speech, premature ageing and other serious complications.
Some common reasons for dental implant solutions are:
- Missing, infected, cracked or unsightly tooth
- Missing, infected, cracked or unsightly teeth
- Accidents involving teeth and/or facial structure
- Sporting injuries involving teeth or facial structure
- Permanent or temporary denture solutions
- Cosmetic improvement
No matter what your reasons are for looking at Dental Implant solutions it’s important you seek professional advice. One of our Malo Smile USA dentists will be able to offer you expert advice and options that you may not be aware of.
This is why we give you a no obligation free consultation. Our consultation will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Are there different types of dental implant?
Yes, there are.
A single application does not fit every case so we have outlined some information on common applications and procedures below.
Single Tooth Dental Implant
A single tooth implant is a fixed, free-standing restoration. It consists of a crown attached to an implant embedded in the bone where a tooth has been lost.
- Looks and feels like a natural tooth
- Doesn’t require drilling of the neighboring teeth
- Cleaned and maintained the same way as a natural tooth
- High success rate
- Can be more expensive than other treatments
- Treatment time can be longer than other solutions
- The procedure can be technically demanding and should be done by an experienced dental implant professional.
Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
If multiple teeth are lost they can be replaced with either an implant supported crown or implant supported bridgework.
What is implant supported bridgework?
A bridge is referred to as a fixed restoration and unlike partial dentures, it cannot be removed. A dental bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth held by crowns, which are secured to teeth on either side of the space.
A traditional ceramic bridge is made out of two crowns and a pontic (solid prosthetic tooth).
The crowns sit on the outside of the pontic and normally attach to your existing healthy teeth. Some people, do not have a healthy tooth for the bridge to attach to and therefore require a dental implant. This procedure is commonly used towards the back of the mouth.