Implant Dentistry: A Quick Guide
Have you lost a tooth or teeth? Replacing them is important for not only your smile but your health too. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option and are the next best thing to natural teeth.
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What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, on which a crown is attached. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and integrates through the osseointegration process. Most implants are made from titanium because it is lightweight, non-magnetic, non-corrosive and biocompatible. After the implant has properly integrated a crown is attached and aesthetically matched to your remaining teeth.
Dental implants look, feel and function exactly like natural teeth and can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth.
Other benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the strongest solution next to natural teeth. Once fully integrated they are stable and look natural. A key benefit of dental implants is that they counter the bone resorption process. This occurs once the jawbone has lost the stimulation from a missing tooth’s roots and begins to break down and shrink. Over time this has serious negative consequences on health and appearance. They also prevent teeth from drifting into newly vacated space. There is no chance of dental implants slipping or getting lost like dentures and no food restrictions so you can continue to eat what you like. They don’t require special care either, just normal brushing and flossing. Dental implants allow you to speak, smile and chew with confidence.
The Implant Process
- Titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone to act as a tooth root.
- The implant fuses with the jawbone (osseointegration).
- A small connector is attached to the implant.
- A crown or replacement tooth is attached to the connector.
Dental implants have a 95-99% success rate and if you take good care of them they can last a lifetime. They are the best solution for replacing lost teeth and work to maintain your oral health which bridges and dentures cannot do. If you have lost a tooth or teeth talk to the friendly, professional team at The Point Dental today about the best replacement option for you.