Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a replacement for the tooth root. It is surgically placed in the jawbone, where it serves as the roots of missing teeth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed or integrated into the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth.

Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom-made to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant. Dental implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match natural teeth. Because the titanium in the implants fuses with the jawbone, the implants won't slip, make noise, or damage bones like fixed bridges or dentures would. And materials can't decay like your own teeth, which support regular bridges, can. In reality, these metal implants are anchored to the bone through osseointegration (bone fuses with metal).

This process provides stable support that you can rely on while you eat and talk. A dental implant is a high-tech replacement tooth that mimics the entire tooth structure. A titanium “root” is firmly inserted into the bone and is used to support a crown, bridge, or denture. During surgery to place the dental implant, the oral surgeon makes a cut to open the gum and expose the bone. The oral surgeon may need to transplant a small portion of bone, usually from another site in the upper or lower jaw, to give the dental implant a solid base.

An artificial tooth (crown) is placed on an extension of the post (abutment) of the dental implant, giving it the appearance of a real tooth. The success rates of dental implants vary depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed, but in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of the jaw. If people with any of the above conditions undergo dental implant surgery, there is a greater risk that the implant will fail. Bridges tend to have a short lifespan, five to ten years, compared to a dental implant, which can last a lifetime. So while a bridge may sometimes be cheaper at first, in the long run, a dental implant may cost you less.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, about 3 million people in the United States have dental implants and this number increases by about 500,000 every year. Practice good dental hygiene and be sure to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your dentist. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many years and give you something to smile (and chew on) about!.

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