The Versatility of Dental Implants
Dental implants may seem like brand new technology, but the fact is, they have been around for several decades. They are steadily growing in popularity, with a half a million Americans choosing to get them annually. Furthermore, over three million Americans are already proud owners of a dental implant. Dental implants are not just for restoring your smile after tooth loss, either. We here at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery are excited to share with you the many different ways dental implants may be used.
What is a Dental Implant?
To better understand the versatility of a dental implant, you first need to understand exactly what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a type of permanent dental restoration and is made of three main parts. The first part of it is the titanium post. Titanium is used because the body does not reject it, but instead, your bone grows around it. This is called osseointegration. The second part of the implant is the abutment, which is a connector piece. Finally, the third part is the restoration or the crown.
What are the Many Uses for a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is greatly superior over traditional dentures in many ways. Not only do they help restore your smile, but they also make it easier to bite, eat, and chew. They can help improve your ability to speak clearly, and they fully improve your bite force. Dental implants can also prevent bone loss in your jaw. All in all, they are an excellent choice for many patients.
However, their many benefits do not stop there. Dental implants are used in several different types of applications. One common use for a dental implant is to lend support to a dental bridge. Dental bridges are a type of dental prosthetic that is used when one or more tooth is lost. They consist of a pontic (the prosthetic tooth) and a crown. The crown normally goes over the teeth on either side of the pontic, like an anchor. When there is no tooth to support it, a dental implant can serve in its place.
Since one of the main functions of a dental implant is to restore a missing tooth, it is also important that the implant looks and feels just like a real tooth. That is where dental implants step up. Because the restoration portion of the implant is a crown, we can make the implant resemble a real took in both appearance and function.
A dental implant can also be used for both partial and full dentures. Implant anchored dentures are a great alternative to a patient who may have lost either a full or partial arch of teeth. We can use an implant to support an overdenture in both full and partial dentures. These require less surgery and less downtime when compared to replacing multiple teeth with single implants.
Interested in Learning More about Dental Implants?
If you are curious about dental implants and the many different ways that we here at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery use them in our office, we would love to discuss it with you further. To learn more about dental implants and the many jobs they perform, or to set up an appointment with us, please give us a call today at (704) 255-5888!