Uses of Implants & The Components
Dental implants are small cylinders that are placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. They have two primary uses: to replace missing teeth (either single or multiple), or to help hold dentures in place. Traditionally they are made from titanium, but now they are also being made out of zirconia.
One of the most confusing issues to consumers are the components of dental implants. Quite often a dental team and patient will refer to a full tooth replacement as an “implant.” Technically, this is not correct. The full tooth replacement is comprised of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant is also known as a fixture or body. This is the “screw” or “rod” that is placed into the jawbone. The “crown” or “cap” is the actual tooth you see in your mouth. There is a hidden component, called an abutment, which is a connector between the implant and crown.
So, when you are comparing costs or receiving consultations, be sure both you and the person you’re having a conversation with are talking about the same thing. If you ask, “how much does an implant cost,” you may receive an answer to just that: the implant. Not the implant, abutment, and crown.
Implants & Dentures
As mentioned above, implants have a second function: to secure dentures. Denture wearers complain about their teeth always moving around and hurting. Some people are bothered by the roof of their mouth being covered. Others don’t like the metal hooks and clasps.
Implants can control these issues, and more:
- Bone loss. A denture puts pressure directly onto the jawbone, and the bone will melt away over years. This will cause dentures to become looser, nerves can become exposed and hurt, and in extreme cases, jaws can break.
- Increase chewing efficiency. A person cannot chew strongly or as effectively with dentures. Once a denture is stabilized by implants, both strength and efficiency increase dramatically. This improves nutrition, health, and overall happiness & well-being.
- Eliminate dentures altogether. Read the section below to see how you can get rid of a denture altogether!
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Full Jaw Solutions
When a person is suffering from a “terminal dentition” (when all or most teeth cannot be saved), or living day-to-day with recurring pain, infections, and cavities, sometimes removal of all of the teeth and replacement with implants is the fastest, healthiest, and most economical solution.
People oftentimes think that they have to place an implant for each tooth: this is not correct. With just four to 6 implants per jaw, a full set of teeth can be replaced, giving you a new lease on life with a brand new smile and the elimination of pain!