Dental implants (also known as endosseous implant or fixture) are used to replace a tooth that has been lost due to oral trauma or dental issues such as tooth decay or disease. This device not only replaces the visible portion of the tooth; it acts as an artificial tooth root as well. This helps to prevent many of the dental health issues that can arise when you are missing one of your permanent teeth. Dental implants allow you to once again smile with confidence.
In addition to restoring your smile so that you can smile with confidence once more, dental implants offer a number of other benefits as well. For one thing, they don’t require the removal of healthy tooth enamel in the way that dental bridges to. They also help to minimize the occurrence of gum and bone loss that can occur when you are missing teeth. Dental implants have a very high rate of success, and they look and feel just like your real teeth.
Today, there are two types of dental implants that may be used to replace your tooth. Endosteal implants are placed into the bone surgically with dental screws. If you have enough remaining gum and bone structure, this is the preferred type of implant because it provides better support and stability for dentures and dental fixtures. Superiosteal dental implants are placed on top of the bone, and keeps the implant in place by means of a post that sticks up through the gum. This type of implant is used when a patient doesn’t have enough gum or bone structure to support an endosteal implant, or for those who cannot wear dentures.
Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth, and they eliminate the need for temporary or removable dentures. If you wear dentures but would like more support, dental fixtures are and excellent choice for you. As long as you have enough remaining gum and bone structure to support the implant, you will be an excellent candidate. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even a complete replacement of all of your natural teeth.
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If you have more questions about dental implants call us today at 512-331-1477 or use this contact us link to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our dentists. We look forward to restoring your smile and giving you back the confidence to smile openly once again.
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