The Lowdown on Dental Implants: The Modern Alternative to Dentures

Dental implants have revolutionized the way we replace missing teeth. Before their development, dentures were the only option available. Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. They are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, though. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and a strong immune system. Dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Implants are designed so well that they resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. They are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold, and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. Dental implants are a great option for those who qualify, offering a long-lasting solution that closely mimics natural teeth.

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