What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants are a safe, comfortable and economic alternative to traditional bridgework and dentures, and can be used to replace one tooth or an entire mouth of teeth. They have the highest long-term success rate of any dental procedure. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed surgically in a jawbone. Over time, the artificial root becomes fused with the jaw, and a false tooth, or crown, is affixed to the implant.
If a patient is missing all of his or her upper or lower teeth, dental implants can be placed into the bone where a traditional upper or lower denture would rest. Dental implants offer a means of anchoring a full set of false teeth, which may be removable or permanent, depending on patient needs.
What about traditional dentures?
Dental implants offer several advantages over traditional dentures. Anchorage with dental implants prevents any of the shifting that occurs with dentures, and allows the oral tissue to maintain its natural, healthy state. Dentures sit on the jawbone and over time wear down the bone. Unlike dentures, dental implants are placed within the bone and the false teeth are anchored to the implant. Many patients find the borders of traditional dentures cumbersome because traditional dentures cover the entire roof the mouth but false teeth with dental implants are in the shape of a horseshoe, a more natural fit for the mouth.
How does the procedure work?
Recent technological advances have made the placement of dental implants safer and simpler than ever before. At Jackson Dental, we work to ensure that your dental implant is placed exactly where it needs to be to achieve the best results. We have added the use of 3D imaging with a cone-beam CT scanner to our practice. This device uses only a modest dose of radiation (less than a traditional medical CT scan) and allows us to visualize, in three dimensions, the proposed implant site prior to surgery. A 3D scan may also be used to create a surgical guide.