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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
What is Implant?
An implant has three parts: Implant body, Abutment, and Crown.
The implant body acts as a root of a tooth, and the Implant crown act as a tooth that we usually know. The custom-made implant crown is a hand-made crown at our dental labs. The abutment connects the implant body and the crown.
The implant procedure can be simply divided into 3 steps: Implant placement, the Healing Process, and the Crown/Abutment Insert Process.
How Implant Procedure is done
Many patients wonder what is going on in their mouth while the implant procedure. This is a brief video that will help your understanding during the procedure.
Types of Dental Implants
There are 3 types of implant procedures. For patients who need only one implant, the "Single Tooth Dental Implant" procedure will be done. For patients who need several implants but are all connected together (*See the second picture on the diagram),
you will be recommended to do an "Implant-Supported Bridge" instead of getting three implants. This usually helps patients financially. The last option is "Implant-Supported Denture," which is recommended to patients who need whole mouth implants.
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