Dental implants are surgical components infused into the jawbone by an oral surgeon and are used to replace the roots of a tooth. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth replacements such as crowns, dentures and bridges. While cosmetic dentistry procedures such as bridge-works rely on nearby healthy teeth for support, use of dental implants gives the bridges a strong foundation in themselves. Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight, strong and bio-compatible component that is safe for surgical use in the mouth. Unlike other fixtures which may require a few replacements along the way, dental implants are durable and rarely require replacement.
Benefits of using dental implants
Process of dental implant surgery
Dental implants are safe for all ages and may be the right choice if you miss a tooth or more due to injury, disease or decay. A dentist carefully evaluates your dental and medical history to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. The process of having dental implants fixed is an out-patient surgery which is performed in stages.
In the first stage, your damaged tooth is removed. Your jawbone is then prepared for surgery. If it is not thick enough or is too soft, you will undergo a process called bone grafting to create a more solid base for the implant.
After healing of the jawbone, the oral surgeon places a dental implant metal post in your jawbone. The jawbone grows in and unites with the surface of the dental implant, a process that could take several months. This helps provide a solid foundation for your artificial tooth.
The surgeon places an abutment, which is the piece where the crown of your artificial tooth will attach to. This process requires a few days of healing before the next stage.
Once the abutment is in place, the dentist makes impressions of your tooth that will be used in making of the crown. The crown is then attached to the abutment. Since the implant is secured within the jaw, the new tooth looks, functions and feels like your real tooth.
Contact a dentist like Marcin Zielinski if you have specific questions about the procedures relating to dental implants.
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