Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. Dental implants are made up of high grade Titanium which is completely biocompatible. When dental implants are placed in the jawbone, they bond with the natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns or bridge.
A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support the crowns/bridge. The crowns are custom-made to match the natural teeth and fit the mouth
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
When performed by a trained and experienced dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.
At Smile Xone we are using dental implants of Straumann, which is considered as the No. 1 Implant worldwide and it comes with a life time warranty.
Now a days implant dentistry has been developed to that extent that one can get a replacement of teeth in one day.
Implant vs. Bridge
When a tooth is lost it should be replaced. All teeth are important. Often it is difficult to decide whether to have your dentist replace your missing tooth with a bridge or an implant. Both methods are good but both have different advantages and disadvantages.
A bridge is made by using the teeth next to the missing tooth as anchors. The teeth next to the missing tooth are altered by the dentist by taking away some of the tooth structure the same way as a tooth is prepared for a crown (cap). A bridge is made by joining the missing tooth to the capped teeth to form one piece, and is then cemented in place.
The advantages of bridges are :
Most dentists have the knowledge to make them
They can be made quickly
They usually provide good esthetics
The disadvantages of bridges are :
The anchor teeth which may have no fillings are permanently altered and may be eventually lost due to the capping process
The capped teeth may get decay where the cap meets the tooth
If any part of the bridge fails, the whole bridge often fails involving more than one tooth
Implants are artificial roots that are placed in the bone. The dentist then adds a crown to the implant.
Advantages of Implants are
Other teeth in the mouth are not altered as occurs with a bridge
Only the space where the missing tooth is lost is involved in the treatment
Implants help to preserve the bone in the area where they are placed
Disadvantages of Dental Implants are
Fewer dentists are trained to provide this service
Dental implants take longer to complete than a bridge
Implants are more expensive in comparison to the cost of the Bridge.
The choice between a bridge and an implant depends on several factors for your specific situation. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages can help you make the right decision.