Choosing dental implants
In many cases, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. Other options such as dentures, removable partial dentures and fixed bridges are often inferior to implants in terms of stability and durability.
Anatomy of a dental implant
An implant to replace a single tooth has three parts:
- The titanium screw that is placed in the bone under the gum
- A post that screws into the implant and will emerge from the gum to receive the third part
- The crown made by your dentist and the laboratory
Twenty-five years ago, patients had no choice other than partial dentures or a bridge to replace their missing teeth. Both options have disadvantages. Partial or full dentures can be unstable and cause ulcers, which is why people tend to use them as little as possible. A conventional bridge uses adjacent teeth as an anchor, which results in a series of treatments simply to anchor the bridge.