What are dental implants?
When you suffer the loss of a tooth, the best option is to have it replaced with a dental implant, which is permanently fused to the jawbone. With the implant serving as the tooth root, an abutment connects a dental crown to the implant to create the appearance of a natural tooth. All the abutments and dental crowns that Dr. Sands uses are metal-free to produce the most long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results for your smile.
The advantages of dental implants include:
at the gumline
speech and eating
against tooth loss
How do dental implants work?
A typical dental implant process occurs over three stages, including:
The dental implant is placed beneath the gums and a temporary tooth replacement. The implant is buried flush with the bone and is kept underneath the gums to protect it while the area heals and the implant bonds to the jawbone.
Three to six months later, after the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a mold is taken to fabricate a custom abutment and crown. The abutment will be made of zirconium, and both the abutment and crown will be entirely metal-free.
Two weeks later, the abutment and crown are placed to complete the permanent dental implant, restoring full functionality and appearance to your smile.
What is the difference between an implant and a bridge?
Both dental implants and bridges replace missing teeth, but the techniques and materials are different. For a dental bridge, crowns are placed on the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth, and a false tooth is suspended between the crowns. For a dental implant, an abutment is affixed into the jawbone and then fitted with a crown, and the adjacent teeth are untouched.
While the bridge is a two-stage process that can be completed quickly and the implant requires three stages and several months of healing, the implant can be brushed and flossed normally, while the bridge requires a specialized tool for care.
Both the bridge and the implant are highly durable, but the implant is fused to the jawbone, making it more secure and reducing the risk of jawbone loss. Additionally, because the bridge is cemented to surrounding teeth, it may remove their enamel and put stress on their structure, while the implant has no impact on the surrounding teeth.
Last, the implant has no risk of decay or removal, while the bridge may increase the risk of tooth decay for adjacent teeth and may itself need to be replaced if nearby teeth do become decayed.