Have you been looking up options to replace your missing tooth? If so, you would have heard about dental implants, the most recommended option by dentists to restore missing teeth. They are more sought-after than other treatments such as dental bridges or prosthetic dentures, owing to the amazing benefits they offer.
What Are Implants Composed of?
Dental implants have three major components, namely the ceramic crown, metal implant stud, and connecting abutment. The crown forms the visible tooth-like structure that appears over the gums. The implant stud is a screw-like metal component that will be inserted into the jawbone. It functions as the tooth root to the implant crown by firmly holding it in place. The connecting abutment, as the name suggests, is the part that connects the crown to the metal stud. Together, they are the closest substitute for a missing tooth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
- Implants are among the strongest dental restorations, thanks to the materials they are made from. The implant crown is made from dental-grade ceramic while the implant itself is made from titanium.
- They offer excellent durability even with regular usage, such as biting and chewing food.
- They can be customized to match the exact appearance of the natural teeth perfectly owing to the excellent customizability of dental-grade ceramic.
- They restore oral functionality to how it was.
- They offer excellent longevity. In many instances, implants are known to have lasted upwards of 15 to 20 years with little or no hassle.
- Compared to dental bridges and dentures, implants offer excellent stability.
- Since the implant stud is placed in the jawbone just like a natural tooth, it keeps the jawbone intact and prevents its deterioration.
How Is the Procedure Carried Out?
The dentist will conduct a thorough screening of the mouth and look into various factors that could affect the procedure. These include oral health, overall health, presence of cavities and gum disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, spacing available for placing the restoration, etc. Based on these observations and the data from scans and X-rays, your qualification will be determined.
Local anesthesia will be administered before commencing the procedure. A small hole will be made in the jawbone, and the implant stud will carefully be inserted in it with high precision. After this, a suitable healing period will be observed to allow the jawbone to grow around the grooves of the implant stud and fuse with it. This could take up to six months. After the implant is fixed in place, the dentist will schedule the second consultation and place the abutment and crown on it. They will be fixed firmly using dental adhesives, and a bite test will be taken to ensure your natural bite isn't affected.
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