Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat practically anything. Knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial forms will be preserved, patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are dental implants?
The dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as a tooth root substitution. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. As well, dental implants help reserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that follows missing teeth.
The Surgical Procedure
The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The dentist will uncover the dental implant and attach small posts that protrude through the gums. These posts will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.
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