Dental implants serve to replace a missing tooth or teeth and are an alternative to dentures.
Implants are synthetic structures that occupy the area of the tooth where the root would typically be. Implants are anchored within the jaw bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures as a way to increase their general stability and function.
It is important to remember that not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, the ideal candidate must have proper bone density and a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene from the patient.
Implants are custom-designed and mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are typically made from a synthetic yet biocompatible material such as metal or ceramic.
An implant requires surgery to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. After the surgical portion of the procedure, a rest period o is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts can be inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure that serves to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Much like other restorative procedures, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure a proper lifespan.
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