The technology behind dental implants has been around for about 40 years. But only in the last 15 to 20 years have implants become popular and accepted by both dentists and patients. Today dental implants are considered the best way to replace missing teeth.
An implant is a tiny screw made of biocompatible titanium. It is inserted into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. As it heals, it integrates into the bone. Then, a dentist qualified in implant restorations, places a small post or abutment into the screw. The implant and post hold the final restoration – a porcelain crown, a bridge, or a denture – solidly.
A dental implant can be a substitute for a single missing tooth, or multiple implants can replace all teeth in the upper or lower arch. The implant stays in the mouth; it is not removed like a partial or denture. As a stand-alone restoration, it differs from a bridge in that an implant does not require drilling on the adjacent teeth. Implants are maintained with only your good, regular oral hygiene.
Another important advantage is that, when placed into the bone, they prevent bone absorption – they help your body retain existing jawbone and prevent further bone loss. This helps you look younger by avoiding a sunken look.
Dr. Chris Bowman has trained at numerous teaching and postgraduate cosmetic and restorative institutions. He is quite skilled and experienced in implant restorations. Dr. Bowman believes the best option for a patient who has lost all teeth or needs to have them extracted is hybrid restoration. A hybrid uses multiple implants to hold one fixed restoration. It stays in place; only removed by the dentist for cleanings. This option is aesthetic and the desired outcome is achieved in just a few appointments. Since it is maintained over time with little expense, a hybrid restoration is a good investment for realistic result.
Your self-esteem and your diet don’t have to suffer from a missing tooth. See Dr. Bowman today to find out how a dental implant can give you back your smile!
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