Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants are titanium screws used to replace missing teeth. They are implanted in the jaw to function as an artificial tooth, and a crown is added to the top of the implant to create a natural-looking replacement tooth. Titanium is biologically compatible with the human body and anchors in the jawbone to ensure stable support for artificial replacement teeth.

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Learn More About Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

One may need dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth due to the following conditions:

  • Osteoporosis or other medical conditions that cause poor quality or quantity of bone
  • Individuals with tumors, individuals undergoing radiation treatment,
  • Fractured teeth roots due to an accident or injury
  • History of tooth decay or gum disease.

Implant placement 

The surgery lasts for 1-2 hours, during which your oral surgeon will create a small incision in the gum and expose the jawbone. The dental implant is then accurately placed into it. A temporary denture or healing cap is then placed over the gum to protect the soft tissue in the gap of the missing tooth.

Healing Phase 

The osteointegration phase after dental implant takes a few months. During this period, the implant fuses with the bone around it and is fully integrated into your jawbone. This finally creates a stable and strong root for replacement prosthesis.

Abutment placement 

After the implant integration, a dental abutment is placed on top of the implant to hold the dental crown in place. The abutment is a small metal post inserted into the implant and screwed into place. 

Final restoration

The dental crown is then attached to the abutment either by using a strong adhesive or by welding it in place. The dental crown is made to look and feel just like a natural tooth.

There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.

Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant. They are inserted into the jawbone below the gum line. Subperiosteal implants are inserted into the gum tissue above the jawbone, where the bone has been removed. Subperiosteal implants have a rougher surface to hold soft gum tissues surrounding them. Endosteal implants do not require a rough surface to grip or remain in place because they are inserted below the gum line, where there is more bone to support them.

Dental implants offer many benefits over other methods of tooth replacement. They replace the missing tooth’s root with one that can function like a regular tooth root. Implants provide support for bridgework, crowns, and bridges more securely than dentures. While bone loss is common when teeth are missing, implants provide a stable anchor for replacement teeth and keep the jaw from further bone loss.

Dental implants can improve appearance as well as functionality. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat, speak, and maintain good oral hygiene. Dental implants restore these functions that are lost with missing teeth and provide a secure foundation for crowns or other cosmetic enhancements such as veneers. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Refer to our Surgical Instructions page for detailed care instructions before and after an oral surgery.

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