There are a number of ways to replace your teeth if one or more of them are missing. Among the options are dental implants. This is a process where an artificial root made of titanium is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. It acts as an anchor to hold an artificial replacement tooth, which will later be attached to the implant.
This procedure serves as a more permanent alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures. Not only do implants replace missing roots, they support artificial replacement teeth, and also help maintain the remaining jaw bone from further bone loss. When a denture or bridge is made, there is no stimulation to the bone itself and the bone, in the area of the lost tooth, loses height and width over time. Best of all, dental implants are comfortable and look like natural teeth.
A dental implant is inserted into the jawbone.
An abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment connects the artificial tooth to the implant.
An artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. Properly fitting the artificial tooth may take several appointments.