Dental implants are a widely used and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They are designed to provide a stable and permanent foundation for artificial teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants consist of a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, an abutment that connects the implant to the artificial tooth, and the prosthetic crown that replaces the visible part of the tooth. Here's what you should know about dental implants:
- Consultation: During your initial consultation, a dentist will assess your oral health, evaluate your jawbone density, and discuss whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
- Implant Placement: In a surgical procedure, the implant post is carefully placed into the jawbone. Over a period of several months, the implant integrates with the bone through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable foundation.
- Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the prosthetic crown.
- Prosthetic Crown: After the abutment is placed and the gums have healed, a custom-made prosthetic crown is attached to the abutment. The crown is designed to match the appearance of your natural teeth.