Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dental Implants!

A dental implant is a "root" device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a "root-form") and are placed within the bone (endo- being the Greek prefix for "in" and osseous referring to "bone"). The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Osseointegration refers to the fusion of the implant surface with the surrounding bone. Dental implants will fuse with bone, however they lack the periodontal ligament, so they will feel slightly different than natural teeth during chewing.

Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.[1] They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The use of dental implants permits undirectional tooth movement without reciprocal action.

Advantages of implants!
*  An implant is most similar to a natural tooth.
* Adjacent teeth do not have to be involved in the placement procedure.
*Implants may decrease or help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss.

Implants are highly successful in supporting missing teeth but are not intended for everyone.
Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri has had extensive training in placement and restoration of implants.

Call our office for a complimentary consultation on implants!

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