Dental implants are known to be the strongest teeth restorations. They are composed of a highly-durable ceramic crown that acts as the prosthetic tooth and a Titanium stud that replaces the tooth root. Dentists highly recommend implants to patients who are looking for a reliable and long-lasting option to restore their lost teeth.
Structure of an implant
A dental implant is mainly composed of 3 components, namely the tooth crown, a metal stud, and a connecting abutment. The visible tooth-like structure is made from highly durable ceramic material. It can be shaped to perfectly resemble a natural tooth. The metal stud is made from Titanium, one of the hardest known metals. It has screw-like grooves on its surface which help the dentist insert it in place and prevent it from loosening from the socket. Both these components will be connected using an abutment.
Why are implants highly recommended?
Strength: Implants are, by far, the strongest known tooth restorations. Since they are made from highly strong and durable materials, the chances of an implant breaking or snapping off is minimal.
Stability:Once the implant is fixed in place, the jawbone grows around it and adheres well to the surface. It wouldn’t loosen from the socket or come off when you bite or chew food.
Durability: The rate of wear of the implant crown is quite similar to that of natural teeth. Since we use high-quality dental-grade ceramic for all our implants, they would offer excellent durability.
Functionality: After getting an implant, the oral functionalities will be returned to normal. Patients will be able to bite and chew food like they used to before losing their teeth. Also, their phonetics will be restored to normal.
Aesthetics: The implant resembles a natural tooth perfectly. Its color, contour, shape, and structure can be mimicked exactly with that of the natural teeth.
Longevity: Implants last a long time. In most cases, they are known to have lasted for several years together without hassle.
During the initial visit, the dentist will conduct a visual screening test and take a few x-rays and scans of the mouth. This allows them to get a better view of the mouth and examine the jawbone as well. Factors such as jawbone health, deterioration, gum health, cavities, overall health, etc. will be considered to decide the candidacy for the implants.
During the procedure, the dentist administers local anesthesia to the gums. A slit will be made on the gums to expose the jawbone. Next, a highly precise dental instrument will be used to make a hole in the jawbone. This will be done with high precision as the placement of the implant will be dependent on it. The implant stud will be inserted in place and a suitable healing period will be suggested. The gums will heal and the jawbone would grow back around the implant during this phase.
The ceramic crown will be fixed to the metal implant using an abutment. This ensures the crown is fixed to the implant firmly and doesn’t slip off. A bite test will be used to analyze the patient’s bite and any change, if required, will be made.
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