Dental implants are becoming a cornerstone of dentistry and provide the best option for replacing missing teeth in certain situations. They are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.
Dental implants generally have three parts:
- The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw
- The abutment: A permanent, but removable by your doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth
- The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and aesthetics
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full arch, you may be a perfect candidate for the all-on-four treatment.