Losing a tooth due to injury, dental decay or gum disease is a common occurrence. In order to avoid further damage to adjacent teeth and your overall dental health, however, it is important to replace the lost tooth. Dental treatments that are used to fix this issue include fixed bridges, removable partial or full dentures, as well as a popular procedure known as dental implants.
Dental implants are one of the most significant dental innovations in recent times. The implant is a small surgical fixture made of biocompatible metal or ceramic materials that is positioned in the jawbone. It functions just like the root of a tooth, and once it is placed, the implant will fully integrate into the bone and provide a stable, permanent foundation for a replacement tooth, also known as a crown. Implants are a replacement for a single tooth, but can also be used as abutment teeth for a dental bridge, or to stabilize a denture.
Dental implants are the one restorative treatment that comes the closest to replicating the look, feel and function of natural teeth. What’s more, it is the only tooth replacement treatment that does not involve the use of adjacent teeth, helping maintain their natural health. Benefits of implants also maintain your overall dental health. The dental implant stimulates your jaw bone, which prevents it from shrinking in places where teeth are missing. They also help restore facial contours in areas where bone loss has occurred.
Dental Implants Steps
The site is prepared for the placement of the dental implant.
The implant is then placed into the jaw bone.
Finally, the replacement tooth is set into the implant and secured into place.
Once in place, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function, while it stabilizes, protects and preserves the surrounding bone and tissue.