Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically installed into your jawbone. The implants will act as artificial tooth roots.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are made out of titanium. This metal is biocompatible, which means that your jawbone won’t reject it. Titanium is also strong, so a dental implant can last for a lifetime.
The dental implant is a small rod that is inserted into the jawbone. Over time, your bone will grow around the and fuse to the implants, creating a strong base for the replacement teeth. After the implant has fused with your jawbone, a crown is attached to the top of the implant. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that matches the rest of your teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the gold standards of tooth replacement and it offers the following benefits:
- Dental implants are permanent, which means you won’t need to worry about them slipping out of place or coming loose while you’re eating or speaking.
- Implants help preserve your oral health because they help prevent the further bone loss that occurs when you lose teeth.
- Implants look and function like natural teeth.
- Dental implants do not rely on surrounding teeth for support.
- Implants do not increase the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
- Dental implants improve the smile’s appearance.
- Dental implants are durable - they last for a lifetime with proper care.
When are dental implants a good option?
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. Jawbone deterioration will occur over time after tooth loss. Without the tooth root to stimulate the jawbone, the bone will deteriorate. A dental implant will replace the root of the tooth, preventing further bone loss.
Dental implants can also support a dental bridge or denture. A bridge uses dental implants to secure an artificial tooth that fills in the missing tooth space. A denture will sit on dental implants, securing them in place.
How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is easy. Brush and floss them at least twice a day, and keep up with your regular dentist appointments.
If you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist to find out if implants are an option for you. Your dentist will be able to recommend whether dental implants are a good option for you.
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