Dental implants are the most durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing replacement option for missing teeth. The implant’s crown, the tooth portion that is visible, is made of ceramic or porcelain, and the post, which serves of as the tooth’s root, is made of biocompatible titanium. Today’s dental implants are topped with crowns that are so perfectly contoured and color-matched to your natural teeth that it’s virtually impossible to discern the difference between the two.
Typically, the process requires three visits to Dr. Dhayni’s office. During your initial appointment, he surgically implants the titanium post into your jawbone; this creates a stable support for your crown. At the next appointment, he places an abutment atop the post and makes an impression that will act as a blueprint for your crown. At the final appointment, your prosthetic tooth is connected to the abutment, and buffed until smooth.
A dental implant should last a lifetime, as long as you practice good oral hygiene. As with your natural teeth, that means brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and having a checkup and professional cleaning at the office every six months. Also, avoid chewing on hard food items like ice or popcorn kernels. These can crack or break your crown, as well as, your other teeth.
Yes. Unfilled, the gap left by a missing tooth can create a chain reaction of problems. For starters, your underlying jawbone can deteriorate. Also, your other teeth can become misaligned, as they shift to fill the empty space. Dental implants offer an additional benefit over other replacement options. They are the only prosthetics that actually preserve and stimulate natural jawbone growth. Over 10 million dental implants have been placed in patients in this country alone.
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