People sometimes lose teeth to decay, gum disease, or injury. When this occurs, especially in younger people, it’s important to replace missing teeth in a way that will be both attractive and comfortable. Dentures used to be the only choice for tooth replacement, but now dental implants have become a popular solution.
What are implants?
Dental implants involve oral surgery to place an artificial tooth root in your jaw that will anchor a replacement tooth or crown. They are permanent, can replace one or more teeth, and do not affect neighboring teeth. Your dentist will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for implants, because you do need enough bone height in order to secure the implant.
What are the benefits?
Many patients prefer dental implants over dentures, primarily because implants often look more natural and are more comfortable. They feel more like your own teeth since they are a permanent, long-term solution. Since the artificial tooth is screwed in and attached to your jaw bone, implants do not come loose and become part of your own mouth and jaw over time. This allows you to eat and speak with confidence, and dental care is the same as caring for your natural teeth.
What’s the process for getting implants?
There are several steps in the process of getting dental implants, but most patients believe the outcome is worth it. First, a metal anchor is surgically placed in your jaw bone, which will fuse with the anchor. Then an extension is place on the anchor, and finally a replacement tooth is added to the extension.
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