Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a small, screw-like post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as an artificial tooth root. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue over time, creating a secure and stable base for a replacement tooth.
1. Consultation: Your dentist will evaluate your dental health and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
2. Implant placement: During this procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.
3. Healing and integration: Over the next several months, the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration.
4. Abutment placement: Once the implant has fused with the bone tissue, an abutment is attached to the top of the implant to serve as a connector between the implant and the replacement tooth.
5. Restoration: Finally, a custom-made replacement tooth, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, is attached to the abutment to complete the implant.
Dental implants offer several benefits over other tooth replacement options, such as bridges or dentures. They look and function like natural teeth and do not require the alteration of nearby healthy teeth. They are also long-lasting and can be cared for like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.
However, dental implants may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with certain health conditions or who have insufficient bone density in the jaw. Your dentist can help you determine if dental implants are the right option for your dental needs.