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Dental implants or prosthetic tooth implants are replacement tooth roots.
Dental implants allow replacement of the entire missing tooth, which was never before possible. Implant-supported replacement teeth are tooth implants that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
The most common type of dental tooth implants are root-form tooth implants, which basically means that they are replacement, or substitute tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing. These dental teeth implants are made of surgical grade titanium compounds. There are no known allergies to this metal and it has been proven to be very safe as a tooth implant material.
The reason it is so important to replace the tooth root as well as the visible part of the tooth (crown) is that natural tooth roots preserve the bone. A dental tooth implant would do the same.
When teeth are missing, the bone that previously supported those teeth melts away, or deteriorates. This process is called bone resorption. The impact of deteriorating bone from complete tooth loss includes collapsed facial profiles, lost lip support, increased wrinkles around the mouth and the appearance of a pointed nose and chin that are too close together.
However, the bone can be preserved by replacing missing tooth roots with dental tooth implants. Since the bone actually forms a strong bond to the tooth implants, they can serve the same functions as natural tooth roots: a strong foundation for biting and chewing, and stimulation for the bone to hold it in place.
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There are actually two phases to tooth implant:
- Phase 1: With great care, tooth implants are placed into the jawbone. The gum tissues are then closed and the healing phase begins. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months. Sometimes, the tooth implants may be put to use immediately.
- Phase 2: Creating and fixing the new tooth or teeth to the implant structure. Tooth implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.