Dental implants are artificial anchors, often in the form of titanium screws, placed into the jawbone of a patient. A dental implant is used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture in order to replace missing teeth.
The ideal patient for this has a missing, failing or unstable tooth and would like their tooth replaced. If your missing tooth especially impedes your ability to chew or pronounce words, you should consider a tooth replacement treatment. Depending on a few different factors, such as cost, comfort and convenience, dental implants might be a viable solution for you.
Dental implants function as the root of the tooth, providing a base for the artificial tooth (prosthesis). Dental implants are usually made of titanium or ceramic.
There are multiple benefits of having dental implants over other methods of replacing missing teeth, and these include being self-reliant, permanently fixed and the ability to prevent further bone loss.
Unlike dental bridges or dentures, which rely on other teeth for support, implants function by relying on their screws which function as anchors. They also mimic the structure of your actual tooth and are permanently fixed into your jaws, allowing you to feel like you have a natural tooth.
Implants also prevent the further loss of jaw bone and gum recession, by functioning like the natural tooth root, allowing the jaw bone to grow well. Your facial structure is maintained and you will hence be able to maintain a youthful, vibrant facial appearance.
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