Dental Implants Types and Options
When it comes to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, they allow the patient to have several different options in the process. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, though some are also made of zirconia. Implants can be either one-stage or two-stage implants. Two stage implants require two surgeries in order to place them, while one stage implants require only one. During the implant placement procedure, the dentist will surgically embed the metal post portion of the implant deep into the jawbone. The dentist will then close the gums on top of the implant. It will take several months for the implant to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once that has happened, the gums will be re-opened, and the abutment portion of the implant will be placed. After the patient heals from this, the dental crown will be attached. For one-stage implants, the post is already connected to the abutment, which means only the first surgery is required.
A single tooth is replaced with a single dental implant. Multiple teeth can be replaced using multiple dental implants or an implant-supported bridge if the missing teeth were adjacent to one another. All of the teeth can be replaced using either a full fixed bridge or a removable over-denture. For patients who do not have the necessary strength and density in their jawbone to support traditional dental implants, mini dental implants can be used in their place for many of the same tooth replacement applications. No matter which type of implant you use, all you have to do is consult some dental implants before and after photos to see what a remarkable difference they can make in a smile.
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