Dental Implants Research Paper

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Dental implants are the standard treatment for gaps between teeth. When a gap goes unfilled, the jawbone will begin to lose mass, causing the remaining teeth to shift and tilt. The gums start to disintegrate and the overall oral health of the person becomes very poor. Soon, gum disease and tooth decay begin to form. There are several treatments for gaps, but dental implants actually restore bone loss and look and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth loss and may last the rest of your life. The most common type of implant is the endosteal implant. The implant is a titanium screw that is implanted into your jawbone just like a natural tooth. After a few weeks or months, your bone grows around the screw
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A bridge supported by implants uses an implant root for each missing tooth. When the bone secures the root, the crowns are connected to each other for one piece. This is better than a fixed bridge because healthy teeth are not damaged, as they are when a fixed bridge is placed because the teeth on either side of the bridge need to be prepared so the bridge can be fixed on the two teeth.

Traditional dentures simply sit on your gums and do not give underlying support. They may support your facial muscles and restore your smile but to not stop bone loss. This puts you at risk for developing periodontal disease and you will most likely need to have your dentures regularly resized. Some disadvantages of dentures are shifting in the mouth, gum irritation, impaired chewing and talking, clicking noises and reduced taste in food.

Dentures that are supported by implants give you the same jawbone regeneration as single-tooth implants. This greatly reduces the risk of developing periodontal disease and bone loss. They also hold you dentures in place so they never shift or click. This makes eating and talking more comfortable. There are also implant-supported dentures that can be removed for easy

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