They hold a crown, bridge or denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Dental Implantology is considered to be one of the greatest advancements in dentistry since they truly are “the next best thing to your natural teeth.” Unlike a traditional plate or bridge, dental implants are actually anchored to your jaw. After integration with the jawbone, the crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the implants. This provides much greater stability for more effective eating, speaking and smiling! The procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, though it also falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry as well.
The conventional dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. They look and feel very natural such that you may even forget about your loss of tooth/teeth. If you have one or more teeth missing and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants.
As per the available scientific evidence, natural teeth absorb great amount of biting pressure – approximately 540 lbs/sq. inch. On the contrary, those who are wearing dentures can hardly absorb more than 10 per cent of this pressure. However, dental implants can withstand 450 lbs./sq. inch biting pressure without any problems, whatsoever.
Dental implants are made from surgical-grade titanium alloy to exacting specifications. The alloy is absolutely compatible with human body tissues.
A wide variety of dental implant designs are available and the choice of dental implants are based on various factors such as the bone quality, quantity, proximity to the adjacent anatomical structures such as the maxillary sinus, dental nerves and blood vessels, general medical status of the patient, history of habits such as smoking and pan chewing etc.