Tooth loss can affect a person’s oral health and overall health to a great extent. Thanks to the advancements in restorative dentistry, today there are many ways through which your lost teeth can be replaced. If you have lost a tooth and are looking for replacement options you may have already come across the term dental implant. Dental implants are one of the most advanced restorations that act as a wonderful foundation to artificial tooth crowns. So how do these implants work and what are their applications? How beneficial can they be to your oral health? To get answers to such questions contact our office and make an appointment . Our dentist can educate you about how our tooth implants in Bend, OR can help improve your quality of life.
Dental Implant – The Principle
Dental implants work on the principle of Osseointegration. Osseointegration is a term derived from the Greek word ‘osteon’ meaning bone and Latin word ‘integrare’ meaning ‘to make whole’. The natural process of Osseointegration takes place when the bone forms a functional bond with an external material which is inserted in it. The success of Osseointegration process depends on the choice of the material, the way it is designed, jawbone health and the process of healing. Therefore, to ensure successful tooth restoration process our dentist may advise patients to avoid smoking after the dental implant surgery. The implant surface is carefully designed to make it more suitable for integration. Once the implant bonds with the bone, it gains higher stability and can withstand bite load. Thanks to this quality of the restoration, implant tooth have high chewing efficiency as compared to any other form of tooth restoration.
Dental Implants to Replace Multiple Teeth
Dental implants can be used to replace single tooth as well as multiple teeth. The ability of the implant to integrate with the supporting bone and to withstand bite load has made it suitable for replacing any number of teeth. Dental implants are used for supporting dental bridges and dentures as well. In the case of tooth bridges, there can be one or two implants supporting the restoration which replaces more than one tooth in a row. The bridge has one or two anchoring crowns which are fixed over implants and a false tooth is attached to them. When it comes to dentures, a dentist can use as low as 4 implants to replace an entire row of teeth. The implants are positioned in such a way that there is even distribution of bite load and there is sufficient support for the restoration in biting and chewing functions. The denture that fits over the implant is held in place through bar mechanism or ball mechanism. With the implant supported dentures in place, patients can smile more confidently.