August 20, 2018
If you’re missing teeth, then life can be very hard at times. Thankfully, with dental implants you can regain the function and aesthetics of your smile. There’s a looming question, though: what are dental implants made of? As you read on, your dentist weighs in with answers. You’ll learn how each part plays a pivotal role in making the entire dental implant process successful.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a surgically inserted titanium post that acts as a replacement for missing roots. This is accomplished by it attaching to the jawbone that lies underneath and over time fusing with it to form a sturdy foundation that supports your teeth and facial structure. For the dental implant to be effective, though, requires that its different parts fit properly and work in unison with each other.
As mentioned above, the implant or post is the part that acts as a substitute for your missing roots and attaches beneath the gumline into the bone. It eventually fuses with it through a process called osseointegration. The most preferred material for the dental implant is titanium, which is chosen because of two primary reasons:
- Durability – Titanium is a very strong material that has proven to be effective at enduring the dynamic and sometimes harsh environment of the oral cavity. Properly cared for, it can last up to a lifetime.
- Biocompatibility – Along with being strong and durable, titanium is also biocompatible. That means that it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction that could derail the healing process.
After the implant is placed, there will typically be a healing time of three to six months. Then, an abutment can be added. It serves as a connecting piece that allows a permanent fixture to be securely fitted to the implant. Usually, it will be made from titanium as well to ensure the most secure and lasting fit.
The fixtures are what will be seen above the gumline and act as the substitutes for your missing teeth. If you have a single tooth replaced, a crown will be used. The tooth-colored structure is typically made from high-grade ceramic and replaces your missing tooth by attaching to the abutment, leaving you with a natural-looking smile.
For patients missing an entire arch, there is the implant-retained prosthetic. It restores the function of their teeth without them having to worry about slippage or bone loss.
Your story doesn’t end with your missing teeth. With the help of your local dentist, you can once again lead a normal life. To learn more about the dental implant process, reach out to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. Brenda Gong earned her dental degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has since gone on to take over 100 hours of continued education in advanced dental implant techniques and IV sedation. To further stay abreast of the complex changes in the world of dentistry, Dr. Gong maintains membership in several professional organizations. She helps patients eat, speak and smile with confidence from dental implants at Accent Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through her website.
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