What is a dental implant?
A Dental Implant functions as the root of a new tooth. Once inserted in the mouth, it looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. The implant itself is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth. This metal anchor acts as a tooth root substitute. Once surgically placed, the bone bonds with the titanium (a process called ‘integration’), creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for the artificial replacement teeth.
When this process is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant that will connect the final crown to complete the procedure. An implant crown is not susceptible to cavities but may develop complications if oral hygiene is not maintained consistently over time.
What are the advantages of a single tooth implant over a bridge?
- Doesn’t sacrifice the health of adjacent teeth
- A Dental implant integrates with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact (bridges can cause deterioration of the bone surrounding your tooth and resorb)
- Long term – Implants are easier to maintain
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