Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
If you feel that your smile is suffering because of a lost tooth? If you’ve lost teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury, or simply genetics, dental implants might be the solution for you.
Dental implants are synthetic structures placed in the area of the tooth centered on the root. Dental implants are attached to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone, they create a foundation for the placement of a crown or permanent bridge.
Dental implants are made from titanium, one of the most bio-compatible materials available, which means even if you are allergic to metal, you are still likely to be an excellent candidate for implants. The implant is designed to function just like the root of a tooth, meaning it is placed inside the jaw bone, as a tooth root is. The top portion of the implant can be a single crown, a part of a bridge helping to replace multiple teeth, or a component designed to improve a denture or partial denture.
Individual implants act as a natural tooth better than any other option in dentistry. Unlike bridges, partials, or dentures, the strength biting with an implant is often stronger than a natural tooth.
After a period of healing, a dental implant will function in a similar manner to the root of a normal tooth. A crown will be placed over the tooth to protect from damage. They are considered long term restorations and are comfortable, natural looking, and function very effectively.
The success of dental implants depends on whether or not you are a proper candidate for the treatment. Patients must have the proper bone density and healthy immune system to support the use of dental implants.
Dental implants are designed to provide excellent cosmetic benefits! They replicate the appearance and feel of natural teeth and are frequently fabricated from titanium material, making them as strong or stronger than normal teeth.
A dental implant procedure usually requires multiple visits. The first visit involves the use of an anchor placed into the jawbone. This area will require several weeks to heal. New tissue will form around the anchor, a process known as ‘Osseointegration’. On the second visit, an artificial and natural-looking crown is designed and fitted over the anchor. It is similar to a metal screw that fits tightly into the jawbone.
For both upper and lower teeth, the dental implants require up to six months of healing time. When they are secure, they are uncovered for the extensions to be attached and the new crowns are then placed onto the extensions.