Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials, typically titanium. They are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the surrounding bone over time. This process, known as osseointegration, ensures a strong and stable foundation for the replacement tooth or bridge that will be attached to the implant.
One of the most significant advantages of dental implants is their ability to replicate the function and appearance of natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, dental implants are independent structures that do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. This means that neighboring teeth remain unaffected and unaltered, leading to better oral health in the long run.
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The process of getting dental implants typically involves several stages. Initially, a thorough examination, including X-rays or CT scans, is performed to determine the suitability of dental implants for a patient.