Dental implants are medical devices used by dentists for the replacement of missing teeth, securing bridges, and anchoring dentures and overdentures. They provide enduring solutions which assist with keeping the patient’s jaw bone stable and strong. The implants are constructed from titanium. The metal has proved to be very compatible with human bones and is used in many implant and surgical procedures. The location of the missing tooth is filled with the implant, which is secured in the person’s jaw and fitted with a crown. This makes the prosthetic very natural-looking. Bridges, dentures, and overdentures can also be held in place by securing them to the implants.
Typically, the placement of a dental implant will require three appointments with the dentist. During the first appointment, the actual titanium post will be implanted into the patient’s jaw. For a few weeks after the appointment, the post is allowed to fuse with the bone. This stimulates the bone ensuring it to stays strong in addition to making the implant sturdy and able to withstand the normal pressures put on a tooth. The bone stimulation also helps to prevent bone loss and keeps the mouth structure in the right shape. During the second appointment, the implant abutment is placed, this is the connecting piece which attaches a crown, denture or bridge. An impression of the area will be collected and sent to a lab where the crown or tooth prosthetic is fabricated. During the final appointment, the crown, denture or bridge is attached to the post with the abutment and buffed to make sure it is a perfect fit.
The implant should last at least as long as a natural tooth and is designed to replace a missing tooth. When a dental implant is cared for properly, which includes cleaning the implant itself along with the gum area around the implant, it should last for a long time.
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