Dental Implants

Published on April 4, 2016 by

Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implants may be a good option. Many people choose implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.  Implants are posts surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. They replace the root of one or more missing teeth.

Dental implants are made of titanium, (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are well accepted by the body. More than 5 million implants are placed each year by dentists in the United States.

 

 

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Dental Implant treatment usually involves three basic steps:

1.) Placement of the Implant-Your dentist will carefully locate where the implant should be placed, using x-rays or other pictures. Then the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. You may have some swelling and/or tenderness after surgery. The healing process can vary for each person. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and leukemia, may slow healing after surgery. Implant treatment may not be a good option for patients with these illnesses. Tobacco use also can slow the healing process.

2.) Abutment-What makes an implant so strong is that the jawbone grows around it and holds it in place. This process is called osseointegration, which takes time. It may be several months before the implant is completely integrated into the bone. Once the implant has healed, a connector piece called the abutment is placed on or built into the top of the implant.

3.) Placement of the Prosthesis (Replacement Tooth or Teeth)- For a single tooth implant, the dentist custom makes a new tooth for you called a dental crown. It is designed to look just like your other teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are also custom-made to look like natural teeth and to fit your mouth.

Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They will allow you to confidently eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all of your regular activities of everyday life without thinking about your teeth. If interested, you should discuss implant treatment carefully with your dentist.

 

 

 

 

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