Implants are one of the most highly sought-after dental restorations. They are used to replace missing teeth that are extracted from your mouth in their entirety. Dentists from all around the world recommend dental implants over their alternatives, owing to some of the excellent features they offer.
What is an implant composed of?
Implants are not single pieces of restorations that are placed in the mouth in one go. They are composed of three main components, namely the metal implant stud, the connecting abutment, and a ceramic crown. The implant stud is the component that is inserted into the jawbone, which holds the entire prosthetic tooth stable. The ceramic crown replaces the visible tooth structure and allows the patient to bite and chew food, smile with confidence, etc. The abutment is a connecting element that is used to attach the crown to the implant stud.
Why choose implants?
- Implants offer excellent strength and stability. The metal stud is usually made from titanium, a robust and durable material that keeps the implant from breaking or snapping.
- The crown can be customized to match the appearance of the adjoining natural teeth. Its color, texture, contour, and translucency can be customized as required. Even if anyone takes a closer look at the prosthetic tooth, they will not be able to distinguish it from the adjoining natural teeth.
- Patients who lose a tooth can often experience pain and discomfort while biting and chewing food. This issue can be resolved when an implant is used to replace it.
- The patient's phonetics will be restored to normal.
- Implants last for several years together, provided they are cared for well.
- The metal implant stud inserted into the jawbone helps to hold it intact, thanks to the screw-like grooves on its surface.
- Placing an implant prevents the remaining teeth from drifting from their ideal positions.
Implant placement will require multiple visits to the dentist's office over a few months. Initially, the dentist will take scans and x-rays of the mouth to determine the jawbone size, placement available for the implant, etc. Also, your overall health will be evaluated to determine your candidacy for implants. The dentist will scan the teeth to make digital impressions, and send it to a dental laboratory for fabricating the implant crown.
Local anesthesia will be administered before commencing the process. A small hole will be made to insert the metal implant carefully and secure firmly using dental cement on the jawbone in the missing tooth's place. After a few months of healing, the crown will be placed on the implant using the abutment and dental adhesives. A bite test will be conducted, and the crown will be polished.
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