Dental implants are one of the most popular dental treatments for missing teeth. A dental implant is made by surgically inserting one or more small metal posts beneath the gum into the jawbone. In a few months, when the implants are fused to the surrounding bone, the artificial tooth or teeth are then attached, and the missing tooth or teeth are restored.
Dental implants are usually made of a biocompatible metal, such as titanium since it is easily accepted by the human body and integrates tightly with the jaw for a stable connection. It mimics the look and feel of natural teeth to give you back your beautiful smile.
At Bellesmere Dental in Scarborough, surgery is necessary to prepare your mouth and to place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Patients will be administered anesthesia during the surgery and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It is called a "bridge" because it covers a gap, and the bridge is supported by teeth or implants on one or both sides of that gap. The supporting teeth or implants are sometimes called abutments.
In this procedure, each abutment is prepared to receive full crowns or caps. When completed, the bridge is cemented into position over the supporting abutments.