Dental implants or artificial tooth roots are placed surgically into one’s jawbone to support replacement teeth or dental restorations. They are designed to imitate the function and appearance of natural teeth, providing a durable and long-term solution for individuals who have lost one or more teeth.
The dental implant itself is typically made of biocompatible materials, most commonly titanium, which allows it to integrate with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This fusion between the implant and the jawbone provides a stable foundation for the replaced tooth.
When does one need dental implant surgery?
Preservation of Jawbone Health: When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate over time. Dental implant surgery helps preserve the integrity of the jawbone, similar to natural tooth roots. This is especially important in preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure and aesthetics.
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What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants are a durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective solution compared to other options that may require frequent replacement or repair.