What Are Dental Implants?
If you have damaged or missing teeth, dental implants might be the perfect solution for you. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth or teeth that are rooted into the jawbone, functioning and looking like natural teeth. There are two types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are roots or screws that are implanted right into the jaw and have an artificial tooth attached to them. Subperiosteal implants include a metal frame that is fitted, and eventually becomes fixed, to the jawbone. Once the frame is attached, artificial teeth are placed on posts attached to the aforementioned frame.
How are They Different from Natural Teeth?
We have great news! Aside from surgical implantation and a few other small differences, the maintenance and function of dental implants are essentially the same as a natural tooth. Artificial implants look and function just like natural teeth, so it’ll be like they were never gone! After a few days, you’ll forget you even have an implant.
Should You Get Dental Implants?
Ultimately, you need to speak with your dentist about whether dental implants are right for you. Evaluate the pros and cons of implants as it pertains to your unique case and set up an appointment with us to discuss your options.
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