Dental Implant Structure
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders. They are made of titanium because it is biocompatible. That is, the surrounding bone tissue in the jaw can form a strong bond with the titanium implant surface. That osseointegration process renders the dental implant as a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw, allowing it to function similarly to a biological tooth’s root.
A dental implant is surgically placed into the patient’s jaw, and the osseointegration process is completed over the course of several months. Patients can typically return to most of their normal activities within a few days of dental implant placement, although they may need to make adjustments to their diet or activity levels for a longer period of time. More specific instructions will be provided at your appointment, as well as instructions for post-operative care of the implant site at home.
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants can be used in a variety of tooth loss scenarios. As such, they can be used to support different restorations, including single crowns, fixed dental bridges, and dentures. As with conventional appliances, implant-supported restorations can be custom-designed to match a patient’s biological teeth (in cases other than dentures) and have a lifelike appearance. The patient’s input is essential in this process, so be sure to tell your dentist exactly what you want. We want you to be as satisfied as possible with the appearance, comfort, and fit of your implant-supported appliance.
Advantages Of Dental Implants
Dental implants have a number of advantages in comparison to conventional prosthetics. Because they act like the roots of biological teeth, they are able to secure the jaw bone, which will gradually wear away when a patient is fitted with a standard fixed dental bridge or denture. That jawbone erosion can eventually cause the appliance to lose its fit, which does not happen with dental implants.
The connection between dental implants and the bone also makes implant-supported appliances more effective at chewing because they can tolerate stronger forces. Additionally, dental implants are more secure for denture wearers, and they don’t require healthy enamel to be sacrificed for crown placement, as a traditional fixed dental bridge does.