Today, the preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function in a similar way to your natural teeth. Dental implants also preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.
There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over other treatment options. It is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to adjacent teeth with clasps which can cause tooth loosening. Implant-supported replacement teeth spare patients many of the disadvantages of traditional false teeth.
How does a dental implant work?
Dental ImplantThe first step in the treatment sequence is placing the implant in the jaw using a gentle surgical procedure. The bone forms a strong bond to the implant after just 6-12 weeks, providing a solid foundation for attaching a replacement tooth (crown). Unlike other dental implants, ITI dental implants are usually not covered by gum tissue, so a second surgical procedure is not required to attach the crowns. Both the gum tissue and the bone remodel around the implant at the same time.
Following this brief period of time during which the bone is remodeling around the implant, fabrication of the replacement tooth can begin. This process involves a few appointments for attaching an abutment or post to the implant, taking impressions of your teeth, and checking for proper fit and colour of the crown.
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