Dental implants are prosthetic replacement teeth that are inserted in the place of missing teeth. A person may lose his/her teeth due to various reasons, such as external damage, cavities, surgery, etc. When any of these happen, one can opt for the best solution for replacing lost teeth to date – dental implants. Implants look and function exactly like natural teeth. They are inserted in place by means of surgery.
Structure of an Implant
An implant has two major components, namely, the metal implant stud and the prosthetic crown. The implant stud is usually made from titanium or some other highly-durable metal. It has screw-like grooves on its surface, which helps in holding the implant firmly in the jawbone. The visible tooth-like part of the implant is called the crown, which is usually made from dental-grade ceramic material. The crown and the implant are connected with the help of a connecting element called an abutment. They are fabricated in dental laboratories and are made from premium quality materials.
The patient is first screened for any possible problems in the jaws, gums, and adjoining teeth. Healthy gums and a strong jawbone are essential for a person who wishes to get dental implants. The patient is given local anesthesia to make the oral area numb before commencing the procedure. Next, an incision is made on the gums where the implant is to be inserted. The jawbone is exposed by moving the gums aside, after which high-precision instruments are used to make a tiny hole in the jawbone. Water is used as the cooling and cleaning agent. The metal implant is then inserted into the hole, and dental adhesives are used to fix it firmly in place. A suitable healing period will be suggested by the dentist, after which the following surgery will be scheduled.
During the next visit, the connecting abutment will be placed on the implant. Next, the ceramic crown is fitted to the metal base. Again, dental adhesives are used along with the abutment to set the crown on the metal implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Adjoining teeth tend to get displaced when a tooth is extracted. Over time, this would cause a change in the shape of the jaw. Dental implants prevent tooth displacement and help to maintain the structure of the jawbone.
- When a tooth is removed, the adjacent teeth will loosen from their sockets due to the drifting of the teeth. Placing an implant in the jawbone reduces the chances of this concern.
- They help to regain oral functionality. Implants are so strongly rooted that it can perform biting, chewing, and tearing actions just as well as natural teeth could. Because of this, implants help to maintain jawbone strength and gum health.
- They are long-lasting and one of the best ways to get a tooth replaced.
- Implants help the individual to regain a perfect smile.
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