Dental Implant dentistry is a popular, and highly effective solution for tooth loss. Dental implants permanently replace the roots of teeth and can be used to attach to dentures, dental crowns or bridges. Not only do implants function like your natural teeth, and are cared for like natural teeth, but they also prevent the natural process of bone deterioration. Tooth loss will no longer be a problem, and you will be left with a healthy, bright smile.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.