Dental Implants to Stabilise Artificial Teeth

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Implants are remarkable modern dental innovations that have changed the lives of many across the globe by stabilising artificial teeth and improving their functionality. In this article we look at how dental implants can be used to stabilise artificial teeth to the benefit of anyone making use of the remarkable technology.

Why do artificial teeth need stabilising?

Dentures, bridges, and crowns are all extremely useful tools that can help people who have lost teeth. Dentures are sets of artificial teeth, usually made out of porcelain or acrylic, fixed to what looks like an artificial gum structure. They vary hugely in design and in what materials are used, but all dentures share a common purpose, to act as replacement teeth. Bridges achieve a different goal, and are also known as fixed partial dentures as they are a variant of this dental technology. Bridges are permanently affixed to either teeth neighbouring the denture, or to dental implants, and are usually limited to a few teeth, while full dentures can encompass an entire jaw’s worth of teeth.

Crown’s serve a different purpose, namely to protect teeth compromised through tooth decay from further damage.

All of these artificial tooth or teeth technologies offer distinct advantages and are appropriate to particular cases, however they also share some caveats which are often remedied through the use of dental implants.

One of the main structural weaknesses of artificial teeth, regardless of type, is that they lack a firm linkage to the dense jawbone beneath our gums. Our teeth are subject to a variety of powerful forces in our day to day lives, and rely on the strength of their roots and the jawbone to withstand these forces on a day to day basis. Roots are fused to the jawbone beneath, and the net result is an extremely strong structure which can last, with proper care, a lifetime of daily use.

Dental implants address the shortcoming possessed by artificial teeth, and in the following section of this article we will look at how they do so.

How do implants stabilise artificial teeth?

Dental implants essentially mimic the actions of a natural tooth root, and can be thought of as artificial roots to complement artificial teeth.

Implants are placed in the jawbone by surgical means. The first stage in this process is an incision through the gum through which a dental drill is applied to the jawbone, creating a socket into which a dental implant can be placed. The titanium or titanium derivative making up the implant is then left to fuse with the jawbone over a period of several weeks through a process called osseointegration. Eventually, if everything goes according to plan, the implant will have fused with the jawbone to form a structure with the strength and stability of a natural tooth root.

The next step is fixing artificial teeth to these roots to take advantage of this stabilising effect. It is important to point out that dentures and bridges are fixed into their positions in the mouth by other means as well, but what dental implants offer is stabilisation through a structure that closely resembles the naturally occurring support a normal tooth would have.

The results are evident in the improved functionality and durability of artificial teeth fixed to dental implants via specially designed abutments. The additional stability conferred by dental implants provides users with access to more foods as their prosthetics can withstanding more demanding chewing and biting movements.

By bringing their structure and design closer to that of natural teeth, dental implants improve the function and comfort offered by artificial teeth. Implants can also last a lifetime if managed with proper care, and can increase the lifespan of artificial teeth by reducing some of the wear and tear they are exposed to.

If you are interested in dental implants it is worth talking to your dentist about the option, it is not necessarily for everyone, but it can offer a number of distinct advantages that can improve your quality of life and oral health.

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