What Is Dental Implant?
Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is surgically placed into the lower or upper jaw bone. It replaces the root of the missing tooth and serves as an anchor for your new tooth or teeth. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a strong bond is formed between the implants and the bone over several weeks or months. Replacement tooth or teeth, in the form of crown, bridge or denture, is then placed over the implant.
Advantages of dental implant
Implant supported replacement teeth most closely resemble natural teeth in terms of look, feel and function such as speech and chewing. They will not move during function, unlike conventional dentures. This will lead to improved speech and self-esteem. You can eat and chew better too.
When missing tooth or teeth are not replaced, your jaw bone shrinks due to bone loss. This will affect your facial contour and appearance. Dental implant therapy minimizes bone loss and helps to prevent this process.
Further more, this procedure does not involve grinding of adjacent healthy teeth. Thus your adjacent healthy teeth are preserved.
What is the dental implant process like?
The dental implant surgery is a short operation performed by a trained dental professional. It is an outpatient procedure that is carried out under local anesthesia. It involves inserting the dental implant into the jawbone. The final restoration is applied once the treated area has healed. For the long-term care and maintenance of dental implants, good oral hygine and regular dental check-ups are essential.