Dental implants are unique because these small titanium cylinders are inserted into the patient’s jaw in order to replace the root of a missing tooth. Over several months after implant placement, the surrounding bone tissue will fuse with the implant’s titanium surface.
That osseointegration process renders the dental implant a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw. It is able to function similarly to a biological tooth’s root, which includes anchoring the jawbone.
As such, the shape of the jawbone remains constant. This differs from a conventional bridge or denture, which allows the jawbone to erode because the roots are not replaced. As that happens, the jaw’s contour changes and the appliance loses its fit. This does not happen with an implant-supported appliance.
Implant restorations are carefully crafted according to the specifications of each particular patient. By producing such a unique prosthetic, the natural aesthetic of the patient’s smile can be preserved.
The materials used in implant restorations share numerous optical qualities with biological enamel for optimal appearance. The shade and shape of the implant-supported crown or bridge can be tailored to either blend in with surrounding teeth or designed to improve on the biological smile in the case of dentures.
Although dental implants tend to be far more stable than conventional restorations, patients still can develop problems with these devices. Overall, such issues are very rare, especially when the patient maintains dental implants as instructed. However, the following problems can occur:
If you develop any issues with your dental implants, you should contact our office as soon as possible to get the devices repaired. Acting quickly to get treatment will improve your chances of good outcomes.