Implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
A dental implant is made of titanium, and looks like a screw. It is placed in the jawbone, where it osseointegrates (fuses with the natural tissue surrounding it). After a healing period, the implant will be ready for an abutment, a connector that links implants and restorations. Once in place, your implant will successfully pair with crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures. If the missing space is not filled, the teeth surrounding the space often drift, and the opposing teeth in the other arch will erupt further into the oral cavity (hypereruption) which can change your bite, lead to possible bone erosion in the area, and even affect your speech.
Certain aspects of your health must qualify for dental implant placement. Your dentist will help you reach the necessary level of health with preparatory treatments if needed.
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.
The root-form implant is the most common type and basically consists of three main components:
Dental Implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth, mainly because of a few advantages they have, including:
Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged. Teeth next to the missing tooth can also become loose over time.
Dental implants can be placed in most healthy adults. Your dentist will be able to tell you after a checkup if dental implants are right for you.
No, dental implants are typically placed under local anesthesia. Most treatments can be completed in your dentist's office.
Most people return to work the next day unless otherwise advised by the dentist. You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have.
Dental implants are low maintenance and provide stability and confidence in your smile. Therefore, the long-term value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options. They are also more comfortable as they are permanent as don't move as you eat or talk.
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