Dental implants are dental restoration devices used to replace one or more missing teeth or serve as an anchor to keep dentures or bridges securely in place. They are placed in the jawbone and act as the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Dental implants are made of a biocompatible material called titanium and consists of a metal post implanted into the jawbone where it functions as an artificial root.
Dental implants are a permanent solution and a better alternative to regular dentures and bridges. It resembles and acts like real teeth and can last long.
Types of dental implants
Dental implants are generally classified into two:
Endosteal implants: They are made of titanium and are inserted into the jawbone. It is suitable for patients using removable dentures.
Subperiosteal implants:They are screw-like structures that are inserted under the gum, just above or below the jawbone. It works best for patients who are unable to wear removable dentures.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants look and act like real teeth, making it impossible to distinguish between natural teeth and implants. They restore the functionality of natural teeth by making chewing and eating easier.
Dental implants are made from strong titanium that gradually integrates with your jawbone. They are highly durable and are permanent if taken care of well.
- Keep adjacent teeth stable.
If you have a missing tooth, it can create a gap in the mouth, making the adjacent teeth shift towards it. This misalignment or crooked shift can affect your bite and cause pain. Undergoing dental implant surgery can keep adjacent teeth stable and, at the same time, prevent gum diseases.
The gap left from a missing tooth can cause undesirable facial sagging. It can also cause wrinkles around the mouth, thinning of lips, and can lead to premature aging. Filling the gap with dental implants can help prevent facial sagging.
- Available in all shapes and sizes
Dental implants are available in all shapes and sizes; the right dentist can help you fill the gap of missing teeth by inserting the perfect implant, which goes well with your surrounding teeth' color.
Since dental implants are made of titanium, they are cavity-resistant. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants won't let the bacteria grow, and hence, the chances of bacterial infections and tooth decay are impossible.
Taking care of dental implants is very easy - normal brushing and flossing are enough to take care of your implants, just like your natural teeth.
Dental implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure and is incision-free, without the need for stitches.
To determine your candidacy for dental implants, our dentists will perform a physical exam and obtain X-ray images. If we identify a lack of bone to accept implants, bone grafting is performed to add bone to deficient areas. After the graft has healed, an implant can be placed for future dental restoration.
As the first step, the dental surgeon will surgically place the implant in the jaw bone. After the implants are placed, there needs to be some healing time to implant fuses within the bone.
Once healing has taken place, your doctor will take impressions of your teeth and bite to custom fabricate a connector post or abutment and crown.
Once the custom abutment and crown are created, they are attached to the dental implant, completing the process.
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