Posted on 10/5/2020 by Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry
Some of our patients believe that a dental implant is only used for adding a single crown. However, dental implants, today, can be used to fit dentures, and to add restorations, such as bridges. Therefore, implants can be used to completely restore your smile. As a result, a dental implant can be added for a single tooth or multiple implants can be placed for several replacement teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an innovative dental restoration that makes it possible for people to replace a missing tooth or teeth. An implant is normally made of titanium or zirconium and features an abutment. The abutment serves as the connector for a dental restoration. Therefore, a dental implant serves as an artificial root for a crown, dentures, or bridgework. As a result, you can restore your smile and improve your facial profile when implants are placed.
How Are Dental Implants Used?
After an implant fuses with the jaw bone after about 6 months, a restoration is normally attached. In some cases, you can have a tooth or teeth attached to an implant the same day it is placed. This makes it possible for the patient to have teeth immediately. However, if you choose this method, you also have to be careful about any implant shifting. That means you will have to watch what you eat, and consume softer foods during osseointegration, or during the time the implant fuses with the bone in your jaw.
Now that you know you can get a full set of dentures and implants placed the same day, you can view implants in a whole new way. Same day implants and restorations make it possible for you to revive a long-lost smile and improve your facial appearance. Whether you need a single tooth or several teeth replaced, implants can be used to realize better dental functioning and health. Give us a call today to find out more about how implants can be used to give you a winning smile.
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