Dental implants for missing teeth

2011 November 3
by Asha Sood

A dental implant is a tiny titanium fixture that is set into the root of a natural tooth and is used for replacing a missing tooth. The placement of the dental implant is either at the bone of the upper jaw or the lower jaw and they function as an ideal replacement for a missing tooth.

Dental implants that are supported by prostheses are more natural in appearance compared to removable dentures. They not only look but also feel like natural teeth. Since implants fit into the bone, the prosthesis is non removable and permanent.

Removable dentures have the disadvantage that they can become loose over time, causing unwanted embarrassment for the wearer. However, with dental implant prostheses, greater stability is achieved for the wearer as the teeth are tightly set. Daily activities such as eating, drinking and talking can be carried out with confidence.
Eating habits can be restored to normal as there is no scope for slipping or sliding of a dental implant.

A dental implant ensures that there are no sore spots or aches whereas removable dentures can sometimes cause inconvenience in addition to sore spots and aches. They are also naturally durable and with good aftercare, should last for many years
While there are chances that a removable denture can be lost, with a dental implant, this probability is eliminated.

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