An alternative to dentures, dental implants (small dental appliances that are inserted into the upper and lower jaws) help to restore the mouth by replacing individual missing teeth or supporting a bridge or denture. Dental implants are slowly replacing dentures as they provide many advantages over traditional dentures.
For some people, particularly persons with loose or poor fitting dentures due to flat ridges, or persons with multiple missing teeth who need support for crowns and bridges, implants may be considered a more appropriate alternative to fix the appearance of missing teeth than dentures. According to the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics, implants help to accomplish the following:
There are many variables to be considered before placing an implant:
The two most common types of dental implants in use today are:
Dental implants may either be inserted by a general dentist specially trained in implantology, a periodontist, or by an oral surgeon in a hospital.
According to the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontists, implants are made of biologically compatible materials which have undergone extensive testing over a period of several years. Since these materials are largely metals, such as titanium, and have never been living tissue, there is no likelihood of causing an antigen-antibody response which could cause rejection similar to that which sometimes occurs with heart and kidney transplants.
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