A dental implant is a dental prosthesis used to replace a tooth that has been lost. They are the most efficient solution currently since they offer the stability, strength, durability, looks, and feeling of natural teeth. They also require minimal maintenance.
More than one dental implant can serve as the anchor for a bridge or partial denture. Four or more dental implants are used to anchor a complete dental arch to replace all the teeth on one jaw. So, whether you are replacing a single tooth or a mouthful, dental implants provide a foundation for stable, carefree, natural-looking tooth replacement.
Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone with minor surgery. Only the base of the prosthesis is inserted. After insertion the patient must typically wait for the dental implant to fuse with the jawbone, effectively becoming part of it. This is why dental implants are as strong and stable as natural teeth. The process lasts from 3 to 5 months, which means that patients return to Costa Rica to complete the procedure. When possible, the patient is given a temporary crown or replacement.
Once osseointegration is done, the patient returns and the dentist affixes an abutment on top of the implant. A crown or other prosthesis will then be attached to the abutment.
While the procedure for dental implants typically involves two trips to complete, it is worth it! It is almost like getting your natural tooth (or teeth) back and you’ll be able to chew, smile, and speak in public looking as if you had never lost a tooth at all.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
A typical dental implant for a patient 45 years or older, will last for the rest of their life. The implant itself lasts, but the crown or cap that goes with the implant will wear down similar to the tread on tires. Crowns usually need to be replaced every 10-15 years on average.
What is are Dental Implants Made of?
Dental implants are usually made of a bio-compatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. So, you will most likely receive dental implants made of titanium.
Benefits of Quality Implant Providers
If something happens to your natural teeth, you can continue to live confidently with implants from Zimmer Biomet Dental and Implant Direct. Implants are a solution proven by experience to last for many years. iSmile Costa Rica uses quality products to provide you a solution that looks and feels like your natural teeth.