If you’ve lost a tooth, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do to replace it. Luckily, that’s not the case. Dental implants are a long-lasting, natural-looking option that function very similarly to real teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant has two parts: a titanium screw that is placed in the jaw to replace the missing tooth root and the replacement tooth, which could be a crown, dental bridge, or denture. The screw allows for your replacement tooth to be firmly in place, so you won’t have to worry about it slipping or popping out of your mouth. Dental implants are one of the most popular options for tooth replacement.
The Dental Implant Procedure
First, your dentist or oral surgeon will drill into your gum and jawbone and implant the screw into the jaw. In a few months, the screw will fuse with your jawbone, making it a strong substitute root. A temporary cap will be placed over the screw to help the area heal.
Once the screw is fused with your jaw, you will return to your dentist’s office to receive your restoration. If you are missing a single tooth, you will receive either a dental crown or bridge. If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, you could also receive implant-supported dentures, which won’t slip out of your mouth.
Overall, the implant procedure process takes about five to six months, depending on how many teeth your are missing and whether or not they are located on the upper or lower jaw.
How Long Dental Implants Last
Dental implants are very similar to real teeth and can last up to 25 years. You will be able to talk, eat, and smile with confidence, and no one will realize the difference! To ensure that your dental implant lasts as long as possible, make sure to keep up a healthy oral regimen at home and to regularly visit the dentist for check-ups.
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