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Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your
missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially
a substitute for a natural root and commonly it
is screw or cylinder shaped.
Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled
at the precise location of the intended tooth.
Often the implant can be placed at the same time
as removal of the tooth all on the same day.
If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface
it can be screwed into position and if it does not,
it is usually tapped into place.
The main aim during installation of any implant
is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding
This creates an initial stability, which over time
is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into
microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants
normally have some form of internal screw thread
or post space that allows a variety of components
to be fitted.
Once fitted, these components provide the foundation
for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
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of Dental Implantology (ADI)
The ADI aims to provide the public with an improved
understanding of the benefits of implantology, and
Members with the benefits of continuous skills development,
The dental implants used by most dental specialists are
root-form implants, meaning they are replacement, or substitute
tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots where
teeth are missing.
The reason it is so important to replace the tooth root
as well as the visible part of the tooth (crown) is that
natural tooth roots are embedded in the bone, providing
the stable foundation necessary to bite and chew. In essence,
the bone holds the tooth roots in place and tooth roots
preserve the bone.
When teeth are missing, the bone that previously supported
them melts away, or deteriorates. However, replacing missing
tooth roots with dental implants can preserve it. Since
the bone forms a strong bond to the implants, they can
serve the same functions as natural tooth roots: a strong
foundation for biting and chewing and stimulation for
the bone to hold it in place.
Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement
teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
The appearance of the smile is more natural and there
is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking
and eating. If dentures are replaced with implant supported
teeth, the changes can be even more significant, with
the added ability to confidently eat all types of foods
and the elimination of messy adhesives.
integrity of facial structures
By preventing the bone resorption that would normally
occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain
intact. This is particularly important when all teeth
are missing, as the lower third of the face collapses
if the bone is not preserved through fixing implants.
Better health due to improved nutrition
and proper digestion
People with dentures usually have problems eating
certain foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, which
can compromise their nutrition. Additionally, since it
is difficult to chew properly with dentures, digestion
is often compromised. These problems disappear with mini
Adjacent teeth are not compromised
to replace missing teeth
Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported
bridges requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the
missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented
onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced
and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised.
Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth,
putting pressure on them as the partial rocks back and
forth. Eventually these teeth can loosen and come out
as a result of this pressure.
Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns/bridges
does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are
not compromised, or damaged.
It is much easier to clean and care for an implant-supported
crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison,
a tooth supported bridge requires the use of a floss threader
for proper cleaning. It is also easier to clean implant
supported replacement teeth than a removable partial.
Elimination of denture adhesives Since implant supported
teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is
no need for messy denture adhesives, which are often needed
to keep dentures from falling out.
is restored as closely as possible to its natural state
By replacing the entire tooth, including the root,
it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth,
with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable
biting and chewing. In addition, nothing in the mouth
looks, or feels artificial.
Increased stability and a sense of security that teeth
will not fall out when eating, laughing or sneezing.
People who wear dentures often worry that their dentures
will fall out when they laugh, sneeze and sometimes even
when they eat. Since the bone bonds to the implants, replacement
teeth have a stable foundation and are securely attached
to the implants, so there is no fear that teeth will fall
Since implants preserve bone, preventing deterioration
of the facial structures, appearance is improved. Collapse
of the lower one-third of the face caused by complete
tooth loss can be visually corrected and the remaining
bone reserved. The appearance of wrinkles around the mouth
caused by posterior bite collapse, or complete facial
structure collapse are virtually eliminated.
Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more
like natural teeth. Even when only one tooth is missing,
long term aesthetics are usually much better with an implant
supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth
supported bridge. This is particularly important in the
front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect
is critical for natural appearance.
self esteem and renewed self-confidence
Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of implant
supported replacement teeth state that their self esteem
and self confidence have been restored as a result of
improved appearance, function, comfort and health.
Improved ability to taste foods
Wearing an upper denture can prevent someone from
really tasting food, as the roof of the mouth is covered.
With implant supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary
to cover the roof of the mouth, so it is possible to enjoy
the taste of foods.
The effects of tooth
loss are numerous and can be devastating
The loss of either a single tooth or total tooth loss
can cause a lack of confidence and can affect every day
life. People affected by tooth loss often find eating
in public difficult and traumatic or are not confident
about their smile.
When teeth are lost your jawbone actually sinks away,
and scientific research shows wearing dentures accelerates
this process. This produces an aging effect on individual's
Replacing missing tooth roots with dental implants can
preserve the bone. Since the bone actually forms a strong
bond to the implants, they can serve the same functions
as natural tooth roots: a strong foundation for biting
and chewing, and stimulation for the bone to hold it in