A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on or built into the top of the dental implant connecting it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom-fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant. A few of the dental implant companies we use include Zimmer Biomet Dental, Straumann, and Nobel Biocare.
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Full mouth dental implants
Can just four implants replace all of the teeth on the top or the bottom of your mouth? Thanks to advances in dental implant technology, that answer is a resounding yes.
To fully understand this remarkable technique for replacing teeth, you should first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is required to insert an implant. Once an implant is in place, a crown is attached to give you a highly realistic looking and functional prosthetic tooth.
Here’s the best part. You do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All you need are four precisely placed implants on the top of your mouth and four on the bottom to restore your full smile. That’s the beauty of the full arch. And because the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So, eventually the dental implant becomes part of your jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in place, this bone fusion has another important benefit — it can prevent future bone loss in your jaw. This helps to maintain a more youthful-looking facial structure and better oral health. But perhaps the biggest surprise about the full arch is how quickly it can transform your life. With fewer implants needed, overall treatment time and cost are also reduced.