What you should know about Dental Implants!
If you have broken or severely damaged a tooth and need an implant, do you know your options? Chances are you don’t, in this article you will learn the basics about implant dentistry and the fact that as surgical techniques and technology have improved, so have your tooth replacement options. And once your implant is in place, you will be well on your way to good oral health as your new implant is not susceptible to decay or periodontal disease in the same way as a natural tooth!
You may have heard the term dental implant, but do you really know what it is? Teeth essentially can be thought of having two main parts: the crown, the part of the tooth that can be seen above the gum tissues, and the root, the part that is suspended in the bone by periodontal ligament that keeps the tooth in place. A dental implant is a tooth replacement system in which an extracted tooth and its root are replaced with a new metal root that is typically made of titanium. The new tooth, usually made of porcelain or zirconium is then attached to the implant via a retaining screw and abutment connector.
In addition to more than 40 different types of traditional or standard dental implants, there are now mini and even micro-mini implants; thus you can easily see the importance of understanding your options when talking to your dentist about your specific needs. From single and multi-tooth replacements to different combinations of fixed and removable bridgework and over-dentures, your dentist will select the type of implant that best resolves your particular tooth replacement challenges. In fact, if you have loose dentures, implant-supported over-dentures are now considered the standard of care for patients who have lost all their teeth in one or both jaws.
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