Dental Implants are a way to fill in missing teeth. This is a relatively new procedure that can offer durability and may restore normal chewing function. The implants will be recommended typically when there are one or several missing teeth. The may replace dentures or dental bridges.
Dental Implants Defined
A dental implant is made up of three elements that will replace a tooth that is missing. The first element is a titanium screw, which is inserted into the patient’s bone. The screw has to be made of titanium, as this is a precious metal that will be very likely to be accepted by the body.
The second component of the implants is an abutment that will be placed on top of the screw (which is embedded in the bones and gums). The abutment may be made of titanium or a sturdy plastic material with a titanium screw at the bottom.
The abutment will be supporting the third part of the implant: a dental crown, which is typically made of porcelain, but may also be made of metal. The implants will function just like normal teeth.
Dental implants are a durable solution to replace teeth that are missing. The durability of an implant may vary according to the patient’s lifestyle and his oral hygiene. However, in some cases, the implants can last for life.
The implants may be a more costly option for missing teeth, but if they last over 10 to 15 years, they can be cost effective.