Central HK dentist explains cosmetic dental surgery can improve the appearance and health of your smile.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that attaches to a crown. During the procedure, a tiny metal rod is placed into the jawbone where it fuses with it. Once it healed, a replacement tooth is attached via an abutment. Because the process includes time for the bone to fuse to the implant, it can take several months and several trips to the dentist.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
While the procedure does take some time, it has several benefits over other replacement tooth options.
- Longevity– With the proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Most patients will not need to have their dental implants replaced.
- Durability– While certain foods have a risk of damage to other replacement tooth options, with dental implants, the teeth are strong and durable. Patients can eat their favorite foods and speak clearly without the risk of the replacement tooth slipping out of place.
- Natural appearance– Each replacement tooth is custom made to the dentist’s specifications. It will be an exact match in shape and shade to the other teeth. Patients with dental implants can smile confidently.
- Oral health– Dental implants provide stimulation to the jawbone, which keeps the mouth from drooping over time. The replacement tooth will keep the remaining teeth in place and prevent shifting.
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