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Dental implants are one of the most remarkable dental breakthroughs in our lifetime. They can be used to replace missing teeth and/or provide support for dentures. Dental implants have been around for over 30 years, but today’s implant dentistry offers improved materials and techniques.
Description Of A Dental Implant
A dental implant is a post that’s surgically placed in your jawbone. When the post, which is usually made of titanium fuses to your jawbone, it creates a sturdy artificial root. An abutment is placed on top of the dental implant, and a replacement tooth (crown) is placed onto the abutment. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process involves several steps. The first step is to extract your tooth (if you still have a tooth in the position where the dental implant will be placed). The next step is to place the dental implant into the jawbone. Typically, after this step, we’ll wait four months or so for the implant to integrate into the jawbone. Once this has successfully occurred, we’ll place the abutment, and then make the crown that will be placed onto the abutment.
A Dental Implant Vs A Bridge
Before the invention of dental implants, if you were missing a tooth, a bridge was the most common solution. A bridge is comprised of three crowns – two placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, and one in the middle that takes the place of the missing tooth. The cost of a bridge can often exceed the cost of a single tooth implant, and bridges don’t tend to look, feel, or function as naturally as an implant.
Dental Implants Vs Dentures
Dental implants can be used in place of dentures, or they can be used to anchor full or partial sets of dentures, providing more stability.
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