Dental implants are small titanium screws inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The implants act as artificial tooth roots that hold crowns, bridges, or dentures in the mouth. At Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, dental implants may be recommended to restore a tooth that is missing, cracked, or stained. The implants are durable and can last for as many as 30 years.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are placed into the jaw during a minor procedure performed under local anesthesia. The dental implant post is surgically placed directly into the jaw. After the implant has healed, it acts as an artificial tooth root. A connector piece called an abutment is attached to the post. The abutment provides a point of connection for the replacement tooth. A dental crown is placed over the abutment to complete the dental implant.
When are Dental Implants Used?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They are the most realistic and longest-lasting tooth replacement option. The implant procedure requires placing a titanium post into the jawbone, which can then support a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants can also secure loose dentures, avoiding messy pastes and creams.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants become fused with the bone, providing patients with a fully functioning tooth. Dental implants are one of the safest tooth replacement options, especially when compared to dental bridges and dentures. Unlike bridges, which are cemented to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, dental implants are surgically anchored to the jawbone. This makes them much more stable and allows for a more substantial bite force. And unlike dentures, which commonly slip or come loose during meals, dental implants stay in place. Dental implants prevent further tooth loss and bone loss. By preventing the loss of teeth, patients can avoid conditions like jawbone loss. Jawbone loss can lead to further tooth loss, and by implanting a tooth, patients can halt jawbone loss in its tracks.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Many patients report that they were much more comfortable after the procedure than they had anticipated. After the implant has healed, you can expect it to feel like your natural tooth. The implant will function like a tooth, so you can eat your favorite foods, brush, floss normally, and smile confidently.
Dental implants also promote oral health since they keep your teeth in place. To discover more about dental implants, visit Southdale Dental, Shop 8, E. Southdale Plaza, 3 South Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica, West Indies, 00010, or call (876) 929-3312.