Dental implants are devices which are used by dentists to replace missing teeth, anchor dentures and overdentures, and secure bridges. They provide long-lasting solutions which help the person’s jaw bone remain strong and stable. The implants are made from titanium because the metal has proved to be very compatible with human bones. The implant post is planted into the person’s jaw bone where the tooth is missing and a crown is placed on the top. This allows it to be a very natural-looking prosthetic. Dentures, bridges, and overdentures can also be held in place by connecting them to the dental implants.
The placement of a dental implant usually requires three visits to the dentist. During the first visit, they post will be implanted into the jaw in the place where the tooth is missing. The post is then allowed to fuse with the bone for a few weeks. This makes the implant sturdy and strong in addition to the fact that it stimulates the bone ensuring that it stays strong. Since the post stimulates the bone it also helps to prevent bone loss and keep the mouth structure in good shape. During the second visit, the implant abutment will be placed. The abutment is the connector for the crown, denture, or bridge. An impression of the area will also be made and sent to a lab where the crown to tooth prosthetic will be made. Lastly, the denture, bridge, or crown is attached to the implant and buffed to ensure it fits perfectly.
When cared for properly, dental implants can last quite a long time. The implant is designed to truly replace the missing tooth and should last at least as long as a natural tooth. It is important to remember to care for the gum around the implant to ensure it lasts.
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