Dental implants are medical-grade metal posts implanted into the jaw bone and used to support a prosthetic tooth or crown. Implants can also be used to support a denture for patients missing multiple teeth. In recent years, implants have become a very popular alternative to bridges and dentures for patients who need to replace one or more missing teeth.
The implant procedure takes three or more visits to complete. During the first appointment, the metal post is implanted into the jaw bone and then allowed to remain undisturbed for several weeks to enable the post and the bone tissue to fuse together. When there isn’t enough bone to support the implant, a bone graft can be performed to supplement the existing bone with bone tissue removed from another area of the mouth. At the second appointment, a second piece called an abutment will be attached to the post and an impression will be taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown will be created. At the third visit, the crown will be attached to the abutment part of the implant and then carefully adjusted for a perfect fit.
Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures and bridges:
Plus, implants can be used in areas of the mouth where a bridge cannot be used, including areas where there aren’t healthy teeth to support a bridge.
With proper care, an implant can last indefinitely.
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