A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a specialist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. A strong titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to give firm support for the artificial replacement. After the bone and gum tissue have healed, the new tooth or teeth can be attached. Dental implants can eliminate gaps and allow you to chew and speak with improved confidence.
Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone.
Although dental implant treatment may initially be more expensive than other treatment methods it often turns out to be the best investment from a long term perspective since most patients can expect them to last a life time. Other treatment methods like bridges and dentures often require regular alterations and adjustments over time.
There are several situations where dental implants may be considered.
Dental Implant replacement of a single tooth.
The first step is the placement of the titanium implant. The implant will remain covered underneath the gum for approximately 3 to 6 months. During this time, the implant should fuse to the bone. The second step of procedure involves uncovering the implant and attaching a post. This completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. In some instances, the implant dentist may decide to place the post at the time of the initial surgery. The final step is the placement of your new tooth by your dentist. With techniques that ensure optimal size, shape, color and fit, this replacement tooth should blend with your remaining teeth.
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