Dental Implants for Tooth Extractions
One option is to place single unit dental implants. There are many benefits to single unit dental implants. One benefit is that once surgically placed, implants integrate or fuse to the bone in the mouth and function like natural teeth. Because they also work like a natural tooth root, implants help preserve the bone. Implants also help restore chewing and prevent facial sagging. Implants are beneficial also in the fact that they restore missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth. Before implants, one way missing teeth were replaced was with a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a fixed restoration. Healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth were prepped or ground down to fit the bridge. Implants now allow healthy neighboring teeth to be left alone.
Implants are very durable because they are made from high quality materials such as titanium or zirconia. Titanium is the material that is used in other medical procedures, such as hip and knee replacements. Zirconia is an all ceramic material. Both materials are also hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic means that they are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
Implants are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. After the implant is placed the dentist allows time for the area to heal and for the implant to fully integrate to the bone. After the implant has had time to heal and integrate to the bone a healing cap in placed on the top of the implant. The healing cap helps the gums to heal properly and keeps the gums away from the implant. After the gums have healed the next step is the placement of the abutment. The abutment attaches to the implant and is the part that supports and attaches to the crown. At this time the dentist takes an impression and a temporary crown is made to fit atop the abutment. The temporary crown helps to form the gum tissue while the gums continue to heal. The next step is the fabrication of the restoration or crown. Once the crown is made the dentist then cements the crown onto the abutment replacing the missing tooth or teeth. After the procedure is completed the patient is left with a restoration that looks and functions like their own natural teeth. Losing a tooth or teeth can be very frustrating and problematic. However, with the creation of implants a patient now has an option to replace that tooth or teeth that will look and act like their own natural teeth.