All You Need to Know About Dental Implants, The Gold Standard in Tooth Replacement Options
Tuesday December 6, 2022
Dental implants are currently the ideal option for tooth replacement. The fit, feel, and function is unmatched by any other form of a tooth replacement option. It is the gold standard for tooth replacement because they are surgically implanted into the jaw, mimicking the function of your missing tooth’s root. When you visit Dr. Spencer Hoyt at Fort Worth Dental Arts in Fort Worth, Texas, he can tell you all you need to know about what makes an excellent dental implant a one-of-a-kind dental restoration.
The Parts That Make Up A Dental Implant
At a glance, it is obvious that a dental implant with an attached prosthetic (usually a crown) looks incredibly natural. Nobody will ever be able to tell that you have a dental implant unless you make it known. A dental implant comprises a fixture (also called implant post), the abutment, and the prosthetic.
Also commonly called the implant post, is a small cylindrical screw surgically implanted into the jawbone. Because it is surgically implanted, it can serve as an artificial root. The fixture is designed with the base tapered to mimic the missing tooth’s root. In nearly all cases, the fixture will be made of titanium. This metal is preferred because of its biocompatibility, minimizing any adverse reaction to the implant or that your body will reject it.
It is a tiny connector that sits between the fixture and the prosthetic. One end of the abutment screws into the fixture, and the other is where the dental prosthetic will adhere. There are different types of abutments that dentists can choose from, and this is decided by the type of prosthetic that will be attached to it. While an abutment that will support a dental crown may look like a stump, one used for an implant-supported denture may have special clips. Abutments can also be placed at various angles to ensure a natural appearance once the prosthetic has been attached.
It is the portion of the dental implant meant to mimic the appearance and function of the visible tooth. Common types of prosthetics include dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. A dental crown is generally chosen when a single tooth or non-adjacent multiple teeth are being replaced with an implant. Dental bridges can be used when multiple adjacent teeth are being replaced. Finally, a denture will be used when an entire arch of teeth needs to be replaced. Crowns and bridges are usually cemented to the abutment. A denture may be snapped on or screw retained into place. .
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Let’s look at some benefits that are unique to a dental implant.
Osseointegration is the process that occurs after the implant has been inserted into the jawbone. Over time, the bone begins to physically fuse to the implant, creating a firm and durable bond that allows a dental implant to be sturdy. This also allows the implant to act as an artificial root.
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Because dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that acts as an artificial root, it is also the only option to ensure you do not lose bone over time. You may not be aware that your tooth’s roots play a crucial role in the health and preservation of your jawbone. They provide stimulation that the jawbone requires to stay healthy. When you lose a tooth and, in turn, the root, this stimulation also is gone.
Behave Like Natural Teeth
One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is that they restore chewing power. Most patients who receive dental implants cannot tell the difference between their new implant and their natural teeth. They can eat normally, without limits. Brushing and flossing can be accomplished normally as well.
If you are ready to replace a missing tooth with the best dental implants on the market, please reach out to Dr. Spencer Hoyt at Fort Worth Dental Arts in Fort Worth, TX. To schedule an appointment, please call (817) 886-0300. A beautiful, healthy smile is just a phone call away!
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Dr. Spencer Hoyt obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and followed his Residency/ Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the world-renowned University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He established Fort Worth Dental Arts in 2011 to see dentistry done differently as he was passionate about providing quality dental care to his community.
Dr. Hoyt is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, CEREC Doctors, and Spear Education. He was voted Best Dentist' 2019, 2020, 2021 by Fort Worth Weekly.