Each year, millions of Americans undergo tooth extractions due to trauma, decay, infection and a host of other reasons. Many are left with questions about what to do next to replace their missing tooth or missing teeth. Although losing a single tooth or multiple teeth can be a troubling experience, we at Swanson Dental Group in Reno, NV want to ensure that you have a complete understanding of your options if you find yourself wanting to restore your smile. Swanson Dental Group will help to create a treatment plan for dental implants to help improve your oral health and overall quality of life.
At its most basic definition, a dental implant is a titanium implant post used as a tooth root replacement for a missing natural tooth. In natural teeth, there are 2 basic parts: the crown and the root. The crown is the part of the tooth we see and use to chew, whereas the root is buried in the jaw bone, covered by gums. In dental implants, there are 3 basic parts. These parts include the dental implant itself (also known as the “post”), the abutment, and the implant crown. The implant is placed into the jaw bone just like the root of a natural tooth, the abutment fastens to the implant, and the crown fastens to the abutment. When considering options for a missing tooth, a dental implant is usually the best option, providing the most life-like appearance, feel and function, just like a natural tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are incredibly versatile and offer many benefits over other restorative options. Dental implants are a popular solution in dentistry and can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even all of the teeth. Dental implants can be used to anchor permanent prostheses (i.e.- “All on 4” or “All on X”) or to help retain removable prostheses, like dentures or partial dentures. The major benefits of dental implants include:
- Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth
- Dental implants are durable, long-lasting and permanent. They don’t have to be removed, like dentures or partial dentures do
- Dental implants help to preserve bone
- Dental implants provide better support to full arch restorations
- Dental implants allow for improved chewing
- Dental implants have a high success rate and do not get decay