More patients are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a post, an abutment, and the crown. The following is a description of each of these components:
A dental implant is a biocompatible post that replaces the root of your missing tooth. They become the support for a natural looking restoration of the tooth or teeth.
A titanium post is surgically placed so it interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. In a few months, the bone will fuse to the post.
With current technology and the use of implants, we can support partial dentures and even full arches with complete loss of teeth, with bridges supported by implants. These create a smile that most people with missing teeth could only imagine in the past.
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