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What are dental implants?

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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a good alternative for those who want to regain their smile. The first modern dental implants appeared in the 1950's.

Dental implants provide a base for replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth. The implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone grows to the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.

Typically, dental implants are done in two surgical procedures. When the proper placement is decided, the dentist will place the implants into the jawbone. For the first three to six months following that surgery, the implants, which are just below the surface of the gums, bond with the jawbone.

While the implants are bonding with the jawbone, new replacement teeth are made by the dentist. When the implants are fully bonded with the jawbone the dentist is ready to fit the new teeth. The second procedure you undergo includes uncovering the implants and attaching the posts that act as anchors for the artificial teeth. The teeth are then attached to those posts. The entire process takes up to nine months to complete.

Now, dentists are offering an innovative way to give you dental implants and teeth in a one-hour office visit. The technology eliminates the need for dentists to refract gum tissue to see the patient's jaw, which is a painful process. As doctors are planning the surgery, a laboratory molds the replacement teeth. The implants should last for life, but if the actual replacement tooth is chipped or cracked, it may need to be replaced in the future.

The surgery is also unique as dentists insert the implant directly through the gums to anchor it to the bone. Most procedures are done by cutting open the gums. No cutting means less trauma and less pain for the patient. When the patient comes for their implants, it takes about an hour to insert the implants and attach the teeth.






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