Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients who are missing one or several teeth. They serve as anchors for single crowns, bridges or a complete set of teeth. One of the many reasons why implants are gaining popularity is due to their ability to create fixed restoration, as single or multiple teeth. After the implant is placed, a healing period of 3 to 4 months is necessary to allow the bone to grow. After placing the crown or bridge it will not need to be removed for teeth cleaning, meals, medical procedures or any other day to day activity.
Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are substitutes or replacements for tooth roots. A tooth consists of a crown and a root. A dental crown is that part of the tooth which is visible in the mouth and is supported by the root portion. The root is under the gum tissue, surrounded by the bone. Implants are placed into the bone so that a prosthetic crown (the visible part of your tooth) can be firmly attached. State-of-the-art technology in implant dentistry makes it possible to provide replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Implants can also increase your comfort by eliminating loose fitting complete and partial dentures. Dental implants act to stop the deterioration in the jawbone, which occurs when the natural teeth are lost.
Who is a Candidate?
Many people who are missing a tooth can be a candidate for a dental implant. If you are a smoker, heavy drinker, or take certain prescription medications, you should discuss your options with your prosthodontist. The ideal candidate will have good oral health including bone structure in the mouth and healthy gum tissue.
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