When considering dental implants as a solution to a missing tooth or teeth, it is important to have a basic understanding of the implant procedure. This understanding also highlights the benefits of dental implants.
An implant is made of three equally important pieces: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. In the first step of the procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. After placement, the titanium implant begins to fuse with the jaw bone. This creates a connection between jaw and implant very similar to that between jaw and a natural tooth. The next step is to fit the abutment over the part of the implant that is exposed above the gum line. Finally, the crown, the piece that looks like a natural tooth, is placed over the abutment.
Historically, patients missing only one tooth have selected a fixed bridge for tooth replacement; however, this treatment is not without complications. A bridge or partial denture can put stress on the remaining natural teeth, and for younger patients who receive them early in life, replacement may be needed down the road. On the other hand, a missing tooth can cause the bone to weaken or erode over time. Once placed, successful implants provide stability and work to maintain jaw health just as natural teeth do. Bone grafting may be required to create sufficient bone structure in which to place the implant.
There is over 50 years of science and research that supports the use and success of dental implants. Often, they are the best long-term option for tooth replacement.
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