A dental implant is a made up of two parts, a titanium or steel rod that is implanted into the jawbone and a porcelain crown that replaces the missing tooth above the gum line. A dental implant is designed to act as an abutment to prevent teeth on either side of a vacancy from shifting inward in an attempt to fill the void. An implant also acts as a stabilizer. It is implanted into a small, pre-drilled hole in the jaw bone. The bone grows around the post, firmly securing it in place. Once the crown is attached, it fills in the empty space and acts in the same capacity as the original tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are often recommended when a person loses one or more teeth to an injury or decay. The resulting space can weaken the integrity of the jaw line and cause the neighboring teeth to shift or move away from their original position. Because dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone and allowed to become a part of the jaw, they can re-establish that structure and support the surrounding teeth. Dental implants restore both form and function to the mouth and are recommended for patients who otherwise do not need any serious dental work or dentures.
Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone. A small hole is drilled into the bone and the implant is put in place, allowing the bone to grow around it. Once the implant is firmly secure, the crown is attached at the surface. Because of how the implant is secured, it is meant to be a permanent fixture. Implants would be difficult because the jaw bone would have to be disrupted or broken to remove the post. In most cases, if one implant is used, others will be used as needed instead of removing ones that are already in place.
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