When it comes to dental implants, nothing is as close to the durability and long lifespan of natural teeth. All other types of prosthetic teeth address tooth loss differently by only focusing on the loss of visible tooth structure rather than including the need for a new root system for teeth. Patients with dental implants enjoy optimal oral function after tooth loss, a prosthetic tooth that will not move during meals, and replacement teeth that can last for the rest of people’s lives. Dental implants are made specifically to replace the missing root structure of teeth. Implants also have abutments where restorations and prosthetics can attach to complete the tooth replacement process.
How Dental Implants Replace the Roots of Teeth
A dental implant is a cylinder-shaped metal component. It is constructed from titanium, which is used because the body will not reject titanium as a foreign object. Dental implants look a bit like a screw because they have one tapered end and contain ridges. The other end of the implant features the abutment, which is used to hold prosthetics and restorations like bridges and crowns.
The implant is loaded, tapered end first, into the jawbone at the site of the empty tooth socket. Once the implant is embedded, patients will enter what is known as a recovery phase of treatment. This phase is essential to the process of allowing the implant to stabilize in order to complete the tooth replacement process.
With time, after the implant is embedded into the jaw, bone around the implant will begin to fuse to its structure. This is possible through a natural biologic process called “osseointegration”, which literally means that bone fuses to titanium components. Since titanium is biocompatible, stabilized dental implants rely on the jawbone to support them.
Scheduling a Tooth Replacement Consultation
If you have lost teeth, it is important that you review your tooth replacement options as quickly as possible to avoid as little disruptions to your daily life and oral function as possible. Our practice is accepting new patients. If dental implants interest you, call us today to reserve a consultation so that you can find out whether this tooth replacement option meets your needs.