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A fabulous way in which you can replace any missing teeth are dental implants which also provide a fixed solution as opposed to having removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants will provide you with excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Usually made out of titanium, dental implants are actually artificial roots and teeth surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon who specializes on the gums and the supporting jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patientâ€™s smile!
Dental implants are very reliable, strong, stable, and durable and will last for many years. But on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons To Have Dental Implants
To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth.
To resolve any joint pain or bite problems that you may experience which are caused by teeth shifting into the space of the missing tooth.
To restore the patient’s ability for chewing, talking and digestion.
They can actually restore a patient’s confident smile.
They can also restore or enhance facial tissues.
Dental implants will help to support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What Is Involved In Getting Implants?
The process of getting dental implants made and put into place requires a number of visits over several months.
First we take some X-rays and impressions, or molds of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for the implant. The implant will be surgically placed into the bone while the area is numb and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. A second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth firmly in its place depending on your type of implant. The post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time with other types of implants.
The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor after a few weeks of healing. The fact that several fittings might be required, this step can take up to two or three months to complete. The artificial teeth will be securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort for the patient after a healing period.
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