What are Dental Implants?
Posted by PRIMARY DENTAL CLINIC on Jan 4 2021, 08:14 AM
Dental implants are tiny titanium rods inserted into the gums to act as a replacement for natural tooth roots. Back in the day, Mayans were known to use shells hammered into the jaw to make up for missing teeth. In the modern-day, dental implants are the closest alternative to natural and healthy teeth.
Once it was discovered that titanium naturally fuses with the human bone, it was chosen to be used for dental procedures. Dental implants last a lifetime, let you eat, talk, and laugh as you would with natural teeth, and restores self-confidence regarding facial aesthetics.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The procedure to place dental implants involves multiple steps that could take a few months to finish. Here is how it goes:
- Tooth Extraction: Firstly, if the tooth concerned is damaged, it is extracted.
- Jaw Bone Grafting: Next, if the jaw bone is not thick or is too soft, a bone graft would need to be placed so that the implant has a sturdy base.
- Dental Implant Placement: To place the dental implant, the gum is cut open and drilled into it so that the rod can be inserted.
- Abutment Placement: Once the bone grows and fuses with the implant, an abutment is placed on the implant so that the artificial tooth may be fixed over it.
- Tooth Placement: Finally, an artificial tooth is placed over the implant to create a perfect replica of a tooth structure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer more than one benefit; some of them are:
- Dental implants feel like natural teeth and do not hinder while talking, eating, or laughing.
- While dentures may sometimes slip while talking, implants are sturdy structures that save you from any such embarrassment.
- Implants are durable and last a lifetime. There would be no need to replace implants.
- Placing an implant and an artificial tooth makes up for missing space that could otherwise alter the teeth structure.
- Dental implants are treated like natural teeth and do not require any additional maintenance. All you have to do is brush and floss your teeth twice a day as you would with natural teeth.
If you have a missing or damaged tooth, give us a call so that we may conduct an examination and suggest the best solution.