How Do Single Dental Implants Work?

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​​​​​​​Dental implants are arguably the greatest innovation in dentistry in the last century, yet many people still know very little about them, how they work and the benefits that they can offer both your oral health and the appearance of your smile.

So, how do single dental implants work?

A single dental implant has three components.

The titanium post

This is the single most important part of the dental implant as it is this titanium post that secures it in place. Before the titanium post can be placed, your dental implant surgeon needs to assess the quality and density of the bone in the jaw where the implant is to be placed. The reason for this is that the bone must be of sufficient health and density to support the post and fuse to it, forming the virtually unbreakable bond that makes dental implants the most secure of any dental restoration.

Another key benefit of using a titanium post is the fact that it is biocompatible. This ensures that the body does not reject it as a foreign material. In fact, dental implants are so compatible with our bodies that they have the highest success rate of any surgically-implanted device.

When the implant post is inserted, it is put through the gum and into the jaw. The bone fuses around it in a process known as osseointegration, and the gum heals to it. A small section of the pot protrudes above the gum line ready to be connected to the abutment.

The abutment

The abutment is the smallest part of the dental implant and is basically a connector that links the titanium implant post to the visible portion of the tooth – a porcelain crown.

The crown

It is the custom-designed nature of crowns that help make dental implants such a popular treatment among patients. A porcelain crown makes up the visible portion of a dental implant. Each individual crown is customized exactly to the needs of the patient including height, shape and even color. This helps the dental implant to look so natural that it is virtually impossible to differentiate it from existing teeth. This is then attached to the abutment, finishing off the final appearance of the dental implants.

Benefits of choosing dental implants

There are numerous reasons why an increasing number of patients are choosing dental implants over other tooth loss solutions. These include:

- Discretion. With no awkward fixtures on display, and no slippage due to the security of the fitting, dental implants are the most discreet solution available.

- Permanence. Once in place, dental implants are a permanent fixture in your mouth. There is no need – or way – to remove them, so you can clean them you as would your regular teeth and eat without worrying about needing to remove them.

- Reduces tooth movement. Gaps in your smile can enable other teeth to move to take advantage of the space, opening up further unsightly spaces and increasing the likelihood of interdental decay.

- A solution that is both functional and can improve the physical appearance of your smile.

- Improved confidence. Patients who have dental implants report feeling more confident in their appearance and their day-to-day life thanks to the discreet restoration of their smile.

- Better oral health. Since there is no need to remove them, you can brush and floss your teeth like normal, and enjoy improved dental health. He artificial nature of the crown also means you never need worry about your implant decaying.

- Durability. With the right care and attention, dental implant can last several decades or more, making them a great investment in your dental health and the appearance of your smile.

If you would like to find out more about dental implants, contact us and our dedicated and professional, experienced team would be happy to answer your query or schedule you a consultation with our dental implant surgeon.