When a tooth is missing, an implant can be a great choice to replace it. An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. An implant can prevent numerous problems from developing including shifting teeth, trouble keeping teeth clean, loss of jawbone tissue, grinding and clenching, and pain in the jaw joints.
Dental implants help men and women replace missing teeth with a natural-looking alternative. Strong and stable, they can restore a lost tooth and can look, feel, fit and function like a natural tooth.
How are the implants installed?
Implants usually take three visits to the place. During the initial visit, the post is installed in the jawbone. Before the second visit takes place, several weeks are allowed to pass so the titanium post can fuse with the jaw. When the second visit does arrive, a component called an abutment will be attached to the top of the implant. An impression of this gap will be made and sent to a lab where the crown will be made. When the crown is ready, the final visit will be used to attach the crown to the abutment.
Does an implant need to be brushed?
While the crown is an artificial tooth, patients will still need to brush and floss around the crown. This ensures that food particles, plaque, and bacteria are cleaned so that gum disease doesn’t develop. Gum disease can cause the implant to loosen, so keeping them clean is an important part of maintaining their integrity.
How long will a dental implant last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, as long as patients practice good oral care habits. It is also important to undergo routine dental exams at least twice a year.
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