What are dental implants and what is involved with the Dental Implants Procedure?
Dental implant components are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible materials like Titanium or ceramic. The dental implants procedure first involves the placement of a titanium post, which integrates into your bone. After the bone attaches to the implant, a second component, called an abutment is screwed into the implant onto which the prosthetic crown is attached. Typically made of two separate pieces, the implant usually needs three to six months before it can be used. However, there are certain cases in which an implant can have a temporary crown placed immediately.
Implants are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. For a dental implant procedure to be successful, the candidate must have proper bone density and a healthy immune system. If the jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, bone grafting for dental implants may be necessary. During the dental implants procedure, and as part of dental implants maintenance, patients are required to practice dedicated oral hygiene.
Although the price for dental implants can be higher than other dental options, they are preferred by many patients because of the way they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They will never develop decay or require root canal therapy, and with diligent oral hygiene and proper care, dental implants can last a life time.
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