A dental implant is a prosthetic dental device used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. It is a small, screw-like structure, typically made of biocompatible titanium, which is surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implant integrates with the bone through a process called osseointegration, it provides a stable and durable foundation for a dental restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting and natural-looking solution for tooth replacement. They function and resemble natural teeth, allowing individuals to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants are fixed in place and do not require adhesives or removal. This provides enhanced comfort, stability, and improved oral function.
The dental implant procedure involves several stages, starting with an initial consultation and examination to determine the patient’s suitability for implants. The actual implant placement is performed during a minor surgical procedure, and a healing period follows to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone. After osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant, which serves as a connector to hold the final dental restoration, such as a dental crown. The dental crown is custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of the surrounding teeth, creating a seamless and natural appearance.
Overall, dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral function and self-confidence.
If you have missing teeth or are considering tooth replacement options, consult with our professional dentists to determine if dental implants are the right choice for your dental needs and overall oral health.