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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Due to the biocompatibility of titanium, the implant then binds with the bone, providing a strong and secure attachment for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used as replacements in cases where people have lost one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of the teeth.

Dental implants are nearly impossible to differentiate from your natural teeth. Their natural appearance and secure fit provides you with a comforting alternative to wearing dentures or having missing teeth.


Overdentures

An overdenture can be used when a person has lost all of their teeth, and can either be removable or permanent. A removable overdenture is ideal for people who would like to experience virtually no movement while chewing or talking, yet still would like removable dentures. For those who prefer the most natural appearing solution, a permanent overdenture is an ideal option. First, several implants are placed in the jawbone. Over time, the implants fuse with the bone tissue to create a strong support system. The dental implant bridge is then permanently anchored to the implants, giving you the appearance and function of natural teeth. A permanent overdenture eliminates the worry of the prosthesis moving around while you are eating or talking. For more information on dental implants and overdentures, visit the AstraTech website at www.LikeNaturalTeeth.com.


Bone Graft

For some people, bone grafting is necessary in order to have a successful implant surgery. When a person loses a tooth, the bone that was supporting the tooth begins to minimize. In order for implant surgery to be successful, there must be enough bone to hold the implant in place. A bone graft restores bone tissue that has decreased due to periodontal disease, injury, or tooth loss. Bone grafting is unnecessary for those that already have a sufficient enough bone level to support the implant.







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