Dental implants is a surgical component designed to provide a foundation for a replacement if teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. 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. A person who has lost teeth can recuperate the ability to eat normally and can smile again with great confidence, knowing that their smile will look natural by maintaining the face facial shape.
The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration where materials, such as titanium, form an intimate bond to the bone. The implant fixture is first placed, so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
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Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
A denture or a complete denture, is a removable appliance that is inserted in the mouth and replaces natural teeth providing support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in different ways.
• A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed completely.
• An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
• An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
• A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. (photo)