Dental implants are known as root devices, where an artificial root is created by a periodontist, then installed into the patient’s jaw to hold in place a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are perfect for individuals who maintain good quality oral health, but who have lost one or more teeth resulting from various types of periodontal disease, injuries, or some structural issues.
Today’s dental implants are very natural-looking and comfortable for patients that need them. Many patients claim they can’t even notice them after installed, forgetting in some instances that they ever lost a tooth in the first place. Constructed of titanium, in most cases, dental implants look almost exactly like the original tooth’s root and act in almost the same fashion. A typical dental implant is made of a titanium screw that looks like an actual tooth root with either a rough or smooth surface. There are four different grades of titanium used in a dental implant, depending on the amount of carbon or iron contained within.
Dental implants successfully fuse with the jaw bone, but because they don’t contain the periodontal ligament, they will feel vaguely different from natural teeth, especially while chewing. But in the end, patients get what is essentially a new tooth that can also support a wide range of dental prostheses, including implant-supported bridges, dentures or crowns, for example. In addition, dental implants can be used to act as an anchor for anticipated orthodontic tooth movement, and enable unidirectional tooth movement without reciprocal action.
People with missing teeth can encounter a plethora of problems, like a lack of confidence and problems associated with chewing food properly. If a patient’s dentures don’t fit sufficiently or feel right, people aren’t able to smile, talk and/or eat with comfort, and leading to possible further ailments down the road. To re-gain their confidence, patients covet dental implants, because the recovery time is very reasonable (2-6 months) and the results, as a rule, are exceptional.
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