Dental implants are artificial tooth roots usually made of titanium, used to replace the root of the natural tooth. Bridges can be used when a single tooth is lost. For those who have lost more than one tooth, removable partial dentures can be given. In cases where there is a complete absence of teeth, complete dentures with or without implants can be given.
The advantages of dental implants include:
- Improved facial appearance
- Improved speech
- Easier eating
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved oral health
- Long lasting
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. The procedure is performed under general or local anaesthesia. Your oral surgeon or implantologist then exposes the bone by making incision. The implant is placed inside the jawbone; the incision is then stitched back. The titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone. It requires a healing period of about 3- 6 months. The crown is then placed over the implant.