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What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are the artificial roots of teeth which are placed into the jaw. Dental implants give support for crowns, bridges, and removable dentures. Implants provide a superior solution as a tooth replacement to natural teeth, recoving much of the natural tooth function after surgery. Often it is difficult to determine the difference between the original tooth and the implant supported crowns.

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants provides more comfort, esthetics, and harmony with your natural smile and maintains better function in chewing and biting.

DIO dental implants are made from the highest quality (grade 4) titanium, materials that have been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone. The terms 'osseointegrated implants' or 'endosseous implants' are widely used to describe dental implants that can develop and maintain a close union with bone in order to support replacement teeth.

A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not. it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.

Dental implant diagram

In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

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