Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. An implant is placed by first making a slit in the gum tissue over the site of the missing tooth.
A preparation is then made in the bone using various sized drills, after which the implant is screwed into the bone before the gum tissue is stitched closed. This procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia or sedation, and it should be a painless operation. Dental implants are an attractive and comfortable solution for those who have lost a tooth to decay or injury.
ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
A dental implant feels and looks like a normal tooth, hence people who were formerly shy about smiling due to their dental condition can now feel perfectly comfortable after a dental implant.
Beyond the aesthetics, a dental implant also makes it easier to eat and speak. It also doesn’t come loose like a denture. Dental implants also benefit general oral health since they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.