As we age, some of us will lose teeth due to disease, injury, or simple daily wear.  Traditionally, when a tooth was lost, the only fixed (non-removable) option for its replacement was a dental bridge. Bridges are constructed of metal sub-frames with tooth-colored porcelain applied to approximate the natural color of your existing teeth. These types of bridges are usually cemented to adjacent, healthy tooth structures, which serve as an abutment. Typically, conventional bridges require shaving a part of the healthy teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. A 3 unit bridge is then placed on these shaped teeth to support the artificial tooth. The goal of the bridge is to restore chewing function and achieve an acceptable aesthetic outcome.

Apart from grounding down functional teeth, it provides potential for increased risk to the prepared teeth. There are some other disadvantages that dental bridgework can have like bone under the replacement tooth is no longer stimulated by chewing and is often resorbed into the body, creating a slowly growing gap between the replacement tooth and the gums. In addition, bridgework is connected Zto the adjacent teeth making flossing more challenging and long term success rates of bridgework tend to be low.

Now, dental implants provide a more advanced replacement technology for a missing tooth than a traditional bridge. Dental implants eliminate the need for grinding down healthy teeth. Dental implants are small metal screws designed specifically to replace your natural tooth root. Manufactured from titanium, dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface like TiUnite, encouraging bone to attach to the implant during the healing process to ensure long-term results. Dental implants create stimulation to the underlying bone, enhancing long-term esthetics. Restoring your tooth with all-ceramic Procera components (crown and abutment) can result in a beautiful, natural-looking, translucent tooth, just like the rest of your teeth.

There are many advantages of dental implants over fixed bridges. Dental implants preserve your healthy teeth as this process does not require to grid your adjacent teeth. They can be fixed with no change to the overall structure of the face or jawbone, as is often the case when a tooth is removed. Dental implant hardly ever needs to be replaced since they are not prone to tooth decay or any other disease. These implants cost slightly higher than bridges but serves as a long-term solution for missing teeth, often for life.

More and more people are benefiting from this life changing treatment of dental implants, which is a latest advancement in dental replacement technology. Lost or damaged teeth can now be quickly and easily replaced with a more permanent, natural looking and functional alternative than bridges or dentures.  A Procera crown or bridge on Nobel Implants is a very common and effective solution for missing multiple teeth  due to accidents or periodontal diseases. It prevents the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth from changing position and checks the jawbone from shrinking. So, the combination of Nobel Implants and Procera crowns looks and functions very much like natural teeth. They are useful in restoring a person’s natural appearance and assists in eating and speaking properly. Only Nobel Implants come with a global guarantee, necessary approvals and the right clinical backing.

Also with the introduction of revolutionary dental technologies like NobelGuide software, it gives patient and dentist a chance to fix teeth with precision and is minimally invasive. Nobel guide procedure is also very well accepted by Diabetic patients since the patient doesn’t have to undergo any major surgery, no stitches and no painful procedures. The surgery is relatively painless and accurate. Dental implants can be called a safest route to a beautiful smile and self-confidence.

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Related April 2009