A dental implant is a small metal rod that's inserted into the jawbone. Dr. Mahadkar drills a tiny hole into the jawbone and places the rod inside, allowing the bone to remodel, or heal, around it. Once the bone has healed, the rod is held securely in place and can't be moved. One of the benefits of dental implants is, that by placing the rod directly into the bone, the bone continues to grow as if the tooth is still in place.
When a tooth is lost, the bone can begin to erode and damage the structure of the jaw. After the implant has fully healed, Dr. Mahadkar places a crown on top, making it look as if all of the person's teeth are present.
Dental implants are a permanent option to conventional dentures or partials. They not only strengthen the integrity of the jawbone but offer permanent results that keep a patient's smile on point and visually appealing.
After the dental implant has healed and is firmly in place, Dr. Mahadkar will put a crown in place. That gives the appearance that all of the teeth are intact. By placing the rod into the bone, she not only strengthens the jaw bone but prevents the teeth on either side of the gap from shifting.
However, dental implants are designed to be permanent only because they're attached directly to the bone. Once the bone has grown around the rod, the only way to remove it is to break the bone.
If a patient already has existing dental implants and chooses to have the rest of their teeth pulled, overdentures may be the most viable option. Once Dr. Mahadkar removes the remainder of the teeth, new implants can be put in place, allowing the posts to remain above the gum line. Dr. Mahadkar will then create an overdenture that will snap onto the top of the implants and rest evenly with the top of the gum line. An overdenture looks just like natural teeth and snaps into place where it's held firmly by the posts of the implants. The overdenture can also be removed and cleaned as necessary and quickly put back into place.
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