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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts, implanted into the patient’s jaw, acting as a root for a new prosthetic tooth. Dental implants are used to secure bridges, replace a missing tooth, or anchor dentures and over dentures. This advanced treatment is the only tooth replacement option which works with the jawbone to stimulate it and uphold the soft tissues. The visible tooth is usually a crown and with modern manufacturing, looks very similar to a natural tooth.
How Are Dental Implants Installed?
Dental implants usually require three visits for installation. The post is installed in the patient’s jaw during the first visit. Over the next couple of weeks, the titanium fuses with the jawbone, creating a stable foundation. This stability is due to stimulation of the natural bone which reduces the bone loss typically associated with the loss of a tooth and supports the soft tissue of the face and mouth. At the second appointment, the dentist installs the abutment. The abutment connects the post and the crown, denture, or bridge designed to act as the false tooth to the titanium post. The dentist will take an impression of the gap and the surrounding teeth to aid in the manufacturing of the prosthetic. During the final visit, the new tooth is fitted and then buffed and polished.
How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?
Dental implants can last just as long or longer than natural teeth. There are a variety of material options for crown implants like porcelain, gold, and zirconia. Your dentist will discuss with you the pros and cons and help you decide the best options for you.
Regular care is still essential. Prosthetic teeth aren’t porous like real teeth, and although they won’t decay, the surrounding natural tissue can still deteriorate and cause problems if neglected.
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