A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the patient’s jaw to hold a replacement tooth or to stabilize a removable bridge or denture. The benefit of using implants is that they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable.
Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone. Dr. Robinson only places single implants to replace teeth or stabilize removable bridges or dentures.
To place an implant, Dr. Robinson performs a minor surgery to anchor the “artificial root” into the area where a tooth is missing. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. The gum is then secured over the implant, which will remain covered with a “healing cap” until it fuses with the bone. The healing cap is small and does not interfere with chewing. After the implant has integrated with the patient’s bone, Dr. Robinson will uncover the implant by simple removal of the the healing cap and attaches an extension (an “abutment”) to the implant. Finally, Dr. Robinson will make an artificial tooth, or crown, that is attached to the abutment.
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