Has tooth loss ravaged your self-esteem and oral function? Living with missing teeth is incredibly difficult. From having issues with confidence because of the gaps in your smile to having trouble eating your favorite foods, tooth loss will affect your daily life. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has a solution for addressing the aesthetic and functional concerns that accompany tooth loss with dental implants. Our oral surgeon has the expertise necessary to restore your smile with these lifelike and durable prosthetics.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are actually titanium components that are used replace the root structure of teeth. An implant resembles a screw in the way that the implant’s diameter becomes gradually wider and it features a ridged texture. They are embedded into the jawbone through minor oral surgery. The implant has an abutment where a restoration is attached. Single dental implants hold crowns and bridges whereas a series of dental implants can hold a total arch of teeth (dentures).
How do they work?
Unlike other prosthetics like bridges and dentures, dental implants address the missing roots of teeth. This is possible because titanium is a metal that is compatible with the body’s structures. Bone will fuse to titanium as if it is natural mineralized tissue. The process of bone fusing to titanium is called osseointegration and this process is what stabilizes an implant so that it can last for decades and support a restoration durably.
Will dental implants look natural?
Since restorations can be made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. These materials look just like natural teeth. In fact, they will not be detectable as prosthetics to those around you. Porcelain has been used in cosmetic dentistry for quite some time because it lends a beautiful yet natural looking enhancement to one’s smile.
How do I know if implants are right for me?
If you have missing teeth, it is worth your time to learn more about dental implants. These prosthetics are considered the best alternative to biological teeth. For this reason, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our oral surgeon who can determine if this tooth replacement method is right for you.
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