Dental Implants: Affordable Periodontology
Implants Should Feel Like Your Own Teeth
In today’s world, crowns and bridges made on dental implants should look and feel like your own teeth. Dental implants are a routine part of modern dentistry – no longer considered “experimental” or even “new.” Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The dental implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, but also is considered a form of cosmetic dentistry.
People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, dental implants stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.
In traditional fixed bridges, the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth were ground down and covered with crowns in order to support the false tooth (pontic) in between them. A dental implant used to replace a missing tooth is a more conservative, less invasive, more durable and more natural and comfortable alternative.
Implants improve your appearance, your speech, the ability to enjoy your favorite foods, your comfort and your self-esteem.
General Overview: Titanium Implants
- Dental implants are made of various bio-materials. Most commonly, a surgical metal called titanium is used, because it is the most compatible with human biology.
- The implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, with the aid of an anesthetic. Approved and tested implant systems are very successful. Patients who have good oral hygiene and take care of their new teeth can enjoy implants that last a lifetime.
- Dental implants, embedded on jaw bone, resemble the anatomic structure of natural teeth. A dental implant is composed of a bio-compatible metal, mostly titanium, which is implanted into the jaw bone. The titanium serves as a strong anchorage to hold the crown, mostly porcelain tooth, that fits well into the gum.
- The usual process for titanium implants is a two-step procedure, with the first stage (surgical phase) involving bone grafting (if needed) and the implanting of the titanium. Once the implant heals and the bone grows solid around it, the next stage is the fitting of the crown, which is the prosthetic tooth.
- Those who have had dental implants need not worry about wearing dentures every morning. Dental implants also give the comfort and feel of having natural teeth. And most importantly, patients regain the ability to chew foods, speak naturally with an open mouth, and smile with confidence.