Dental implants – made from titanium, used as a permanent missing tooth replacement. Placed by dentists or periodontists during the complicated procedure. Hugely popular in the United States and Europe, dental implants are great alternative to all kind of dentures.
Dental implants are surgically put into place in your jawbone so they offer long term options that will never need to be removed, and they will always stay in place without any decay issues. Bone loss is not an issue with dental implants the way it can be with dentures or bridges, because the implant is fused with the bone in your jaw.
Implants look and “work” in the exactly same way as your old natural teeths. To see live example of dental implants please check out our gallery.
Dental implants success rate
The success rate is around 95%, which is a very high number. However, considering big costs involved, this may still sound a bit risky. The success rate is depending on, skill of the dentist performing the surgery, strenght of your bone, the patient’s hygiene and overall health, and many other factors. Here’s more about dental implants problems and what can go wrong during placement.
DID YOU KNOW? The cause of the tooth loss can be an accident, an injury, tooth decay, or a root canal that did not go as expected. More than one in four people who reach the age of 76 will not have any of their permanent teeth left.
Difference between your natural tooth and implant
Your natural teeth are made up of two parts:
- The root of the tooth, which is underneath the gum line and which anchors the tooth to the jawbone.
- The crown of the tooth, which is the white part covered with enamel that is visible above your gum.
A dental implant actually consists of 3 different parts to create the finished tooth replacement, and these are:
- The Device Implanted in the Jawbone – This is the piece that is surgically implanted into your jawbone, and it serves as an anchor for the rest of the components involved.
- The Abutment – This is the connecting device between the implant and the overlying appliance.
- The Overlying Appliance – The overlying appliance can be a crown or a it may be a denture, depending on the choices that you and your dentist have made.
Most dental implants available today consist of titanium because of the durability, bio compatibility, and strength that it offers. This material also has a unique property that makes it ideal for dental implants because it has superior osseointegration, and that simply means that it normally fuses very well with the bone in your jaw. In the future dental implants may include other types of materials such as zirconium, but today these are not a possibility just yet.
Have dental implants questions?
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