When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the best option for restoring both the health and the appearance of a smile. Because dental implants offer so many unique benefits, our oral surgeon offers this service for patients missing one or more teeth. Since dental implants are a relatively new option to many patients, our team has compiled a list of commonly asked questions with easy-to-understand answers.
What materials are used to make a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces the entire missing tooth, including its roots. To replace the root, a titanium rod is surgically implanted into the jawbone. After this initial procedure, the patient will undergo a recovery period so that the implant can stabilize. Since titanium is treated like bone by the body, the jawbone will naturally integrate with the implant over time. This process is known as osseointegration and it allows the implant to be firmly anchored in place.
After the bone has integrated to the implant, our oral surgeon will attach a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that will replace the visible area of the lost tooth above the gum line. Crowns are custom made so that they blend in perfectly with neighboring teeth and fit in the empty tooth socket.
How do implants affect neighboring teeth?
When a tooth is lost, patients hold an increased risk for losing more teeth. This is because teeth support each other and when one is missing teeth will ultimately shift out of place over time because they are unsupported. By replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, neighboring teeth receive the support they require to stay in place. Because of their construction, implants are cared for just like biological teeth.
How long do dental implants last?
By utilizing the natural process of bone integrating with titanium and constructing dental implants from sturdy materials, these replacement teeth can last for decades with proper care and medical attention.
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