Dental implants are revolutionary prosthetics used to address tooth loss. These prosthetics are used to replace the missing roots of teeth. When it comes to replacing teeth, implants present a long-term, durable solution.
After dental implants are embedded into the jawbone and once they are stabilized, our implant dentist will attach restorations like crowns or prosthetics such as bridges to complete the tooth restoration process.
If you have lost teeth, do not wait to review your tooth replacement options. The longer you go without replacing your teeth, the higher chances you have of losing bone mass. Losing bone to tooth loss can affect your candidacy for receiving dental implants.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants replace the roots of teeth with a titanium component that resembles a screw. An implant has a ridged a texture and a tapered end. The dental implant is embedded tapered-end first into the jaw. The wider end will extend to the gum line and features an abutment to which restorations or prosthetics are attached.
Bone will stabilize dental implants by fusing to their titanium structure. Titanium is a biocompatible material that is used to replace hard tissue like bone and joints. The process of bone fusing to titanium components is what makes dental implants long lasting and durable. With proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime.
Restorations and Prosthetics in Implant Dentistry
Dental implants can hold restorations and prosthetics. For instance, dental crowns are attached to implants to replace one missing tooth. A bridge and even dentures can be used to replace multiple teeth when anchored to dental implants. Restorations and prosthetics attached to implants can be made from durable metals like gold or zirconia as well as porcelain, which lends a very lifelike appearance.
Implant dentistry is the future of replacing lost teeth. Not only will implants provide ideal oral function after tooth loss, they support the entire oral health system by keeping bone active and stimulated. Moreover, dental implants and their restorations keep neighboring teeth upright, in their proper positions.
If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call the office of Dr. David Kuban to reserve a consultation with our implant dentist.