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What Are Dental Implants?

April 1, 2019
Posted By: Dr. DeChellis

Dental implants are natural solutions to everyday dental problems suffered by many people. These problems can include trouble chewing food due to missing teeth, gaps in the smile, broken or loose teeth, pain when chewing, and the list goes on. Dental implants are the most natural and longest lasting way to solve these issues. They are replacements for adult teeth after the teeth have become broken, infected, or worn out. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth.

A single dental implant is basically an artificial root made out of titanium or ceramic that has a white tooth (crown) on top of it to replace a tooth that was lost. The implant is fixed in place and does not move. After it has had some time to heal a tooth is attached to the top of the implant. The tooth is just as strong if not stronger than the original tooth for chewing and functioning. Ongoing care and maintenance are very important. Brushing and flossing along with regular dental cleanings and x-rays
are necessary to maintain the health and function of a dental implant. If an implant is neglected it is possible to have problems the same as if natural teeth are neglected.

Sometimes there are more than one or a few bad or missing teeth that need to be replaced. In these cases, several dental implants, ranging from four to eight, can be used together to replace an entire arch of teeth. This can provide a dramatic change in appearance for someone by giving them a new smile on the same day.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and finding out if they are right for you to schedule an appointment with us now for a complimentary dental implant consultation.

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