Dental implants are the best solution for people who have lost teeth due to disease or trauma. The demand for implants has been increasing because they look and function like natural teeth. They also have the strength and resistance of natural teeth and, after a brief period of adjustment, patients just forget they have them because they feel so much like their own teeth.
What is a Dental Implant Specialist Called?
Dental implants replaces a missing tooth by inserting a special dental screw in the bone and attaching a crown. This dental surgery requires the skill of dental specialists, either a periodontist or a maxillofacial surgeon. In theory, general dentists can perform the procedure, but this is not recommended. Most ethical general dentists will not offer it to their patients. However in Costa Rica, there is nothing to restrict a general dentist from placing implants. It is essential for patients to ask if their implants will be placed by a periodontist or maxillofacial surgeon. If the clinic does not have a periodontist or maxillofacial surgeon to place the implants, the patient should find a reputable, accredited clinic that does.
The dental implant is left in place for up to 6 months after the surgery. It fuses with the jawbone, which is a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration makes dental implants a successful technique because it gives the implant the same strength as a natural tooth.
Implants Offer the Appearance of a Natural Tooth
Once osseointegration is achieved, an abutment, a component of the implant, is placed on top of the dental screw. A crown is attached to the top of the dental abutment. (In some instances, such as an All on 4; multiple dental implants are used to anchor several teeth.) The abutment fixes the crown to the dental implant and gives it support. In turn, the crown gives the three-piece-system the chewing ability, looks, and resistance of a regular tooth.
The crown is chosen carefully from a range of materials and shapes to obtain aesthetic result. The dental specialist wants to mimic the original tooth, not just in form, but in color as well. The placement of the abutment and the crown is done with a second procedure after the implant has fused to the jawbone.
Implants are popular because they provide patients with replacement teeth that look natural. You can eat, smile, and talk in public without feeling self-conscious. Come to Costa Rica for your affordable dental implants. You’ll love how great it feels to lead a normal life again.
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