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Dental implants are replacements for lost teeth. If one or more of your teeth are missing there are a few options to replace them:
- Dental Implants
- Partial or Complete Dentures
Dental Implants look like natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root usually made of titanium metal. It is placed inside the jawbone and bonds to the bone. They provide a foundation for replacement teeth.
Who can get Dental Implants?
Most people can have dental implants. Some may need additional procedures such as tissue or bone grafts to prepare a bed for placing implants.
Consult your dentist to find out if dental implants can replace your missing teeth.
How Dental Implants are placed?
- Your dentist will examine your jaw, take x-rays and may recommend a scan ( a three dimension x-ray) of your jawbone.
- After reviewing your dental records, your dentist will select the size of the implant/s.
- During the first stage of surgery dental implant/s are placed inside jawbone, beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue will be stitched back into place.
- Implant/s will bond to the bone in a few months.
- When the implant is stable, your dentist will take impressions of the implant site and the opposing teeth or jaw.
- A dental laboratory will make an abutment (a post) that connects the replacement tooth to the implant.
- Your dentist will attach the post and the replacement tooth to the implant with an screw which is hidden inside the replacement tooth.
- In some cases, the replacement tooth/ teeth are placed at the time of the surgery.
Benefits of dental implants
- Improved comfort, they work just like natural teeth.
- Good appearance, they look natural.
- They do not use other teeth as support. They stand alone and there is no need for alteration of the nearby teeth. This keeps the adjacent teeth intact.
- They do not affect the speech.
- No need for adhesives to keep teeth in place.
- They last long.
- They are easy to eat with.