With today’s development in dentistry, you’re not limited to dentures and bridges anymore when replacing decayed or missing teeth. You can now also have quality dental implants to replace your tooth roots and provide a strong foundation for a fixed or removable replacement tooth.
It’s a durable and convenient choice, plus, it’s easy to maintain and gives a natural-looking appearance too!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are metal posts, screws, or frames that serve as excellent replacement tooth roots. They are surgically positioned into the jawbone and gum tissue to provide strong support for fixed or removable replacement teeth such as crowns.
They’re usually made of titanium and easily integrate with the jawbone. Once the titanium fuses with the jawbone, it allows the dentist to mount artificial teeth which are made to match your natural pearly whites. What’s also great about implants is that it has excellent stability. It stands without affecting the nearby teeth and doesn’t decay.
What are the types of dental implants?
Endosteal implants are widely used today. These are screws which are surgically implanted directly in the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, an abutment is placed the original implant (screw) to attach the replacement tooth. They can last for years or even a lifetime when given proper care.
Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame that rests on top of the jawbone under the gum tissue. The frame is fixed to the jawbone and then posts are attached. This works better for patients with eroded jaws.
How dental implants are installed?
The process of placing a dental implant involves multiple steps with healing time in between. This includes:
- Damaged tooth removal – The affected tooth will undergo extraction.
- Jawbone examination and preparation – This step may include grafting when the jawbone is too soft.
- Dental implant placement – The titanium screw is placed in the jawbone.
- Bone healing – The screw will fuse with the jawbone and will act as a tooth root.
- Abutment placement – A post is placed on top of the dental implant as the connector for the artificial teeth.
- Artificial tooth placement – The dental crown is placed above the abutment.
The entire procedure can take many months from start to finish because much time is allocated to the healing of the jawbone. Depending on the situation of the teeth, some steps can be combined by the dentist for faster procedure and healing.
What are the benefits of having dental implants?
Dental implants propose various benefits to one’s well-being. It improves oral health, gives better aesthetics, increase comfort in eating and communicating, and boost one’s confidence. It also serves as a great convenience to many as they’re fixed in the oral cavity, thus, eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures.
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