A dental implant is a pair or a single fixture that is embedded on the jaw bone and can be used to replace any lost teeth. It is supported by prosthesis such as the crown or any other removable denture to take its place. After dental implants have been fixed, bone form around it in the jaw line making it to be firmly anchored and supported by other teeth and its own roots. Loss of a tooth or teeth in general can completely hamper the quality of life that someone has. It goes a long way in interfering with the way the individual eats and speaks thereby completely hampering their comfort. There has been more awareness created surrounding this issue which has resulted to a total decrease in the number of teeth that are extracted by dentists every year. However, this does not dispute the fact that there are still very many people who are losing their natural teeth and have to seek replacements for them to be able to continue living normally. There are very many options that these individuals may decide to settle on but the best of all being dental implants.
The single tooth implants are very suitable for the people who need to get a replacement for a single missing tooth or more missing teeth. In this case, the tooth implant is placed surgically into the opening on the jaw bone that is made by the dentist prior to the procedure. When the implant has been attached onto the bone, it begins to act as the new root that will anchor the new crown comfortably and firmly into the gums. The crown which is like a cap is then made to look like a natural tooth so that when one smiles, there is no way that one can tell that it is an implant and not a real tooth. It is fixed well into the place of the missing tooth and filed according to the shape of the other teeth until it fits the place and camouflages as naturally as it possibly can.
For this procedure to be a hundred percent successful, the jaw needs to have enough bone and also this bone needs to be very strong so that it may be able to hold and support the tooth implant properly. If the bone in the jaw of an individual requiring an implant is not enough, he or she will first have to undergo bone augmentation which is a process that involves bones being added into the jaw line so that it may create much stronger support for the dental implants that need to get fitted in. for this process to be taken, the teeth that are surrounding the area of operation need to be healthy so that they do not transmit any infections to the gums during the augmentation process.