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What are Dental Implants?

May 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Spruce Ridge Dental @ 1:07 am

Dental implants have become a treatment of choice to replace missing teeth, as well as for people with failing teeth or severe periodontal disease.  True tooth replacement has been a goal of dentistry since its inception, but only recently has dental technology evolved to make it possible.

Dental implants
Losing a tooth, particularly a front tooth, can be a traumatic experience. It can have a profound effect, not only on our ability to eat normally, but on our self-esteem and confidence. With dental implants, you no longer have to be held back in your social and professional life.
Dental implants look and perform like natural teeth in virtually every way — they are rooted in the bone like natural teeth, and they require no adhesives or creams like dentures do. More importantly, the use of dental implants does not impact your other healthy teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are stable, and can last a lifetime.

Dental implants
How Dental Implants Work

The design of a dental implant is based on the structure of a natural tooth. A natural tooth is one piece commonly described as having two main parts: the crown, which sits above the gums, and the root, which sits securely in your jawbone.

Dental implants
A dental implant treatment may involve several pieces, but it also consists primarily of two parts. One part is a restoration, which is custom fabricated to match the shape of a natural tooth crown. The second part is the implant, which replaces the function of a natural tooth root. Implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy, a metal that fuses with bone to form a strong, permanent bond called osseointegration.
In the first phase of the implant process, a screw-like implant is surgically placed into the jaw and allowed to heal. Once the implant is secure, a post or abutment is attached to the implant, onto which a custom restoration is placed. The entire process can take from two to seven months.

True tooth replacement has been a goal of dentistry since its inception, but only recently has dental technology evolved to make it possible. Dental implants have become a treatment of choice to replace missing teeth, as well as for people with failing teeth or severe periodontal disease.

Dental implants
Losing a tooth, particularly a front tooth, can be a traumatic experience. It can have a profound effect, not only on our ability to eat normally, but on our self-esteem and confidence. With dental implants, you no longer have to be held back in your social and professional life.
Dental implants look and perform like natural teeth in virtually every way — they are rooted in the bone like natural teeth, and they require no adhesives or creams like dentures do. More importantly, the use of dental implants does not impact your other healthy teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are stable, and can last a lifetime.

How Dental Implants Work

The design of a dental implant is based on the structure of a natural tooth. A natural tooth is one piece commonly described as having two main parts: the crown, which sits above the gums, and the root, which sits securely in your jawbone.
A dental implant treatment may involve several pieces, but it also consists primarily of two parts. One part is a restoration, which is custom fabricated to match the shape of a natural tooth crown. The second part is the implant, which replaces the function of a natural tooth root. Implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy, a metal that fuses with bone to form a strong, permanent bond called osseointegration.
In the first phase of the implant process, a screw-like implant is surgically placed into the jaw and allowed to heal. Once the implant is secure, a post or abutment is attached to the implant, onto which a custom restoration is placed. The entire process can take from two to seven months.

  1. The implant is inserted into the jawbone and allowed to heal.
  2. An abutment is attached to the implant, onto which is placed a custom-made restoration.
  3. The finished implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, and helps prevent bone loss in your jaw.

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