Many adults, in fact about 200 million adults in the United States, have lost a tooth. While some of those adults may have lost a tooth by biting down on a pretzel or being hit in the face with a kid's baseball, other people lose teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth decay and gum disease are one of the largest reasons people lose a tooth. If you have lost one or more teeth, you can opt for dental implants. Here is some more information about dental implants and how they can improve your overall health.
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that fit over a titanium screw. The screw fits into your jaw and anchors your tooth into place. Your body believes all of your teeth are still in, so it continues to supply blood flow to the gums and doesn't begin to take bone mass from your jaw. This leaves you with a strong jawline and a healthier mouth.
Dental implants aren't just for one tooth. You can get several teeth implanted at the same time, or you can even have all of your teeth replaced at the same time.
The dental implant procedure is fairly simple. First, if there is any remaining tooth particles left in your gums, the dentist will remove it. Then, the dental practitioner will determine if you need a bone graft before you get an implant. If you have recently lost the tooth, you may not need a bone graft. If you don't need a bone graft, a titanium post will be implanted into your jaw. Once that heals, you will receive a porcelain prosthetic tooth that fits onto the titanium screw. After the tooth is placed, you will feel like you have your natural tooth back. If you need additional teeth replaced, prosthetic implants may be exactly what you need.
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