A dental implant is a metallic root of a tooth. The implant is made out of titanium, a metal that is very well tolerated by the human body.
There are many benefits of dental implants, some of which are:
• Better oral health – dental implants do not require other teeth to be modified or adjusted thus ensuring that more natural teeth are left unharmed thereby improving dental health and hygiene in the long-term.
• Improvement in appearance – since dental implants are so designed that they fuse with the jawbone; they become permanent and feel like natural teeth. If you wish to know more about dental implants then you can click here.
• Durability – dental plates can last a lifetime with proper care and regular dental check-up.
The dental implant procedure involves the following steps:-
1)This involves placing the dental plate flush into the gum, burying it like the root of a tooth would be. This is to give time for healing and to protect the implant from force. Once the healing period is over, the dental implant is exposed by surgically removing some of the gum covering it. This integration process is known as 'osseointegrate'.
2)In this second step, the dental surgeon examines the implant to see if it has integrated successfully into the gum and places a post or 'abutment' which is drilled through the gum.
In some cases, steps 1 and 2 are done together within small intervals. The advantage is that it eliminates extra surgical procedure.
3)The final step is the fabrication and fixing of the prosthetic tooth .