Dental implants are strong metal posts that are implanted into the jaw bone and are used to support a single artificial tooth or crown or to support a denture. An implant comprises three pieces: the post, the artificial tooth and an abutment, a special piece that secures the crown to the post. Because they’re secured in the bone, dental implants are very secure and feel and work just like natural teeth.
Most implant procedures require three office visits to complete. At the first appointment, the post will be implanted into the jaw bone. If the jaw bone is not thick enough or strong enough to securely fasten the implant, a bone graft procedure can be performed to supplement the existing bone. Once the implant is in place, it will be left untouched for several weeks to enable the post to fuse with the bone, a process called osseointegration. At the next appointment, the abutment will be attached to the post and an impression will be made for the crown. Finally, at the third visit, the crown will be carefully attached to the abutment and gently buffed so it fits comfortably.
Dental implants require regular brushing and flossing and routine trips to the dentist, just like natural teeth. Although the crown cannot decay, the gums around the implant can develop gum disease just like the gums around natural teeth, so routine checkups are very important. With proper care, today’s implants can last as long as a natural tooth.
Dental implants provide a more secure, more natural fit and “feel” compared to dentures and bridges, and because they’re attached to the jaw bone, they won’t slip and slide. plus, the post acts like a natural tooth root to stimulate the natural bone replacement cycle, preventing bone atrophy that can lead to additional tooth loss. Bridges and dentures rest on top of the gums which means they cannot help prevent bone atrophy that occurs once the root is removed.
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