WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Alternative solution for tooth loss
Dental implants are artificial root forms that are used to replace missing a single or multiple teeth without disturbing the neighboring teeth as an alternative to traditional dental bridges and removable appliances. It preserves bone where the tooth is missing and prevents shifting of adjacent and opposing teeth into the space. Once an implant is placed, it could take 4-6 months for it to fuse with the bone before a crown can be placed over this artificial root. Dental implant crowns are placed after the implant is tested to make sure it is rock solid in the bone. Crowns can be cemented or screw-retained.
Dental implants feel and look natural. They help with chewing food properly and thus absorbing the nutrients efficiently which is most important in older adults who are missing multiple teeth. Dental implants have also been used to secure loose dentures improving speech and self-confidence in patients who wear a removable appliance. Although dental implants never get a cavity, gum disease and boneloss will affect their longevity. So it is very important to keep your regular check ups as instructed by your dentist.