Dental implants are precision devices, available in several different designs, to address areas of tooth loss. The most common type of dental implant is a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone. This serves as a post for a custom-made tooth crown to attach to. Once the crown is in place, you may not be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth as they are made to match your original teeth in shade and size.
Dental implants can be used to replace almost any missing tooth as long as there is enough bone at the site. Barring that, there are now procedures in place that can be performed to regenerate enough bone to place an implant in a safe manner. The implant will be placed in the bone just below the gum tissue. A temporary abutment can also be placed on the implant until proper healing is completed. A cosmetic temporary crown can often be made to fill the missing space. After healing is completed, the abutment will then be attached to the implant. Its purpose is designed to hold custom-made crowns that have been molded and shaped to match the size and shape of your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom crown is permanently placed onto the abutment with dental cement. The result is a replacement tooth that has been placed without disturbing the healthy teeth next to it and bone loss has been eliminated.
Dental implants can be used for a single replacement or to replace multiple teeth. Multiple tooth replacement can cut down on the need to grind on healthy adjacent teeth to serve as posts for traditional Crown & Bridge therapy. The implants are placed below the gum tissue into the bone. Similar to a single tooth replacement, temporary abutments are placed on the implants until complete healing has finished. After healing is completed, the abutments will be attached to the implants and will hold a bridge that has been custom made to match to your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.
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