When a tooth has been knocked out, has fallen out, or has need to be extracted, the dentist will use a dental implant as a prosthetic replacement. These patient’s jawbones hold the replacement in place just as it would a natural tooth. Dental implants are secured by using a titanium post which is implanted into the bone in the location of the missing tooth. They are designed to look natural and to withstand the pressures put on the original tooth. As an added benefit, the implants are installed to the bone which helps to maintain the jaw’s shape and density by stimulating the jawbone. This also helps to keep the soft tissues of the face in place.
Dental implant placements usually require three trips to the dentist. First, the titanium post is set into the jawbone where it is essentially screwed into place. The implant is then given time to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. This provides a strong foundation and readies it to accept a prosthetic tooth. This will require a few weeks. During the following visit, the artificial tooth is requested. An impression of the gap will be made and used to fabricated the replacement tooth, usually a crown. The abutment for the implant is also connected to the implant post during this visit. The abutment will attach the artificial tooth to the dental implant post. At the final visit, the prosthetic tooth is attached using the abutment and then it is buffed until smooth.
Dentists have been utilizing dental implants to restore missing teeth for over 30 years. The key to their stability and strength lies in the titanium which is used to fabricate the post. The human body readily accepts and securely fuses with titanium, making it an exceptionally biocompatible metal. This osseointegration creates the stable foundation and has given these dental devices the reputation of most stable replacement for missing or lost teeth.
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