missing tooth substitutes
_ dental implants
A dental implant basically has three components: a metal cylinder that is placed into the jaw bone and functions like the root of the tooth, and an abutment that screws into the first piece. Finally, a crown is placed on the abutment, creating the appearance of a tooth. Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges 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 bridges or dentures.
_ bone grafts
Prior to placing dental implants a bone graft may need to be done if your jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep the implant in place in its current state. In a bone graft procedure, biomaterial is grafted onto your existing jaw bone. You will then have to wait, most likely several months, while the graft creates enough new, strong bone to make sure that the implant will be stable and secure. It is possible if you only need a minor graft that the procedure might be able to be done at the same time as the implant surgery. A successful bone graft allows your jaw bone to be strong enough to support your dental implant. Once the bone graft is complete, the rest of the implant surgery can proceed.
_ straumann dental implants®
A Swiss company, worldwide leader in dental implants that promote rapid integration of the implant into bone (4-6 weeks, in most cases). Straumann also offers lifetime guarantee for their material.