Dental implants are one of the procedures done by a dentist to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Due to the recent advancements in technology, this option offers a highly successful and natural-looking replacement. Since the implants are attached to the jawbone, this implant eventually becomes part of it, achieving a more natural appearance.
Titanium is often used because this has the ability to fuse with the living bone. Since the discovery of a Swedish orthopedic surgeon in 1952 of this osteophilic property of titanium, dental implants are practiced by many dentists, giving people a better quality of life.
Dental implant surgery is often carried out under local anesthesia to numb the area where the implant is to be placed. After that, the titanium is to be drilled on the bone that would include minor vibrations, but tolerable ones. This will have to be left alone for a period of two or four months to give enough time to let the bone fuse with the titanium. After the successful integration, the customized crown will be attached to fit on the implant that will function exactly like a normal tooth. This procedure has a high success rate of over 95%, the highest of any tooth-replacement option.
Treatment options for dental implants also has several variations such as single tooth replacements, multiple tooth replacements, combinations of fixed and removable bridgework, over-dentures, anchorage for tooth movement and temporary bridgework.
It is important that you care for your implants as well as your own set of teeth so you could further enjoy your new set of pearly whites. It does not necessarily mean extra attention, just plan your oral healthcare and abide by it dutifully.