Dental implants are used in patients who want a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are individual replacements for missing teeth, so they can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire mouth full of teeth as needed.
Dental implants look virtually identical to natural teeth. The implants are specifically designed to mimic the size, dimensions, and even the color of the teeth that they are replacing. Therefore, dental implants can blend in seamlessly with the rest of the natural teeth in the mouth.
Dental implants are mainly made from ultra strong biocompatible metals, usually titanium or a titanium alloy. These metals are excellent choices for dental implants because they integrate into the jaw bone particularly well. This creates a very solid base for the new dental implant. The tooth is silver in color, but is concealed by a porcelain or ceramic crown that will match the color of the other teeth.
Patients who need to have teeth or teeth fragments removed will first need to have that done. After the healing process, the dentist will create incisions in the gums and will drill a small hole into the jaw bone underneath. The base of the dental implant will then be inserted into this hole. There will then be another period of healing so that the metal base can become fully implanted in the jaw. At the next appointment, the dentist will create a new incision to expose the implant base again. A post called an abutment will be placed into the implant base. The abutment has a pointed end so that the new metal tooth can be screwed onto it securely. A custom crown is then cemented into place on top of the implant.
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