What is the principle that makes dental implants work?
Dental Implants are placed into your jawbone in the spaces left from missing teeth -- and the bone actually grows into and around them, healing and bonding to the Implants – this healing process is referred to as “Osseo-Integration”. Once fully integrated, dental implants provide stable support for artificial teeth -- very similar to how a tooth root retains and stabilizes the crown of a tooth. Dentures (a removable dental prosthesis that replaces all teeth in any single arch) and bridges (a fixed tooth replacement of one or several teeth) mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth -- an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges, as well as individual crowns placed over implants, feel more natural than conventional dentures partial dentures.
Ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth – this requires that the adjacent teeth be prepared (ground down) to accept the crowns to support the bridge. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Proper and effective oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Proper case selection, proper technique and optimum oral hygiene are the ingredients that allow this procedure to provide the desired result of supporting teeth and dentures.