A dental implant is a small screw-like post made of titanium, which is placed surgically within your jawbone underneath your gum line. This post will fuse with your jawbone to form a strong base for your tooth restoration or crown.
A dental implant post helps in replacing the missing tooth’s root. It fuses with your bone like a root and also stimulates and preserves your bone structure. Dental implants can also help in supporting multiple missing teeth using a bridge or dentures. If given proper care, dental implants can last over a lifetime.
What are the different types of dental implants?
There are different types of dental implants that include:
Single tooth implants: If you are missing or have lost a single tooth because of a disease or trauma, then they can choose this type of implant. In order to undergo this treatment, you need to have good dental and general health. Before the procedure, the dentist will determine the location where the implant is to be placed. The actual surgery will be conducted under local anesthesia. The dentist makes a small incision in your gums, to expose the underlying bone and carefully insert the implant.
In a process called osseointegration, the implant will heal and fuse with the surrounding bone. Once the area heals completely, the dentist will fit your new crown.
All-On-Four Implants: The All-On-4 procedure involves four implants to immediately replace a full arch of teeth providing a natural look and feel. They are stable, and you can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about them slipping. They are comfortable, and you don’t have to deal with any messy, sticky adhesives. You can maintain them just like your natural teeth.
Implant bridges: An implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthesis supported by implants that contain all teeth in one set. You can smile wide, eat whatever you like, and don’t even have to think twice about the security of the bridge.
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