A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root of a natural tooth. In the simplest terms, a dental implant is made up of a root piece called a fixture, a middle piece called an abutment, and a top piece called a crown. Once the pieces have been placed and the oral tissues heal, the three pieces combine to make up an extremely strong and functional replacement tooth.
Like real tooth roots, dental implant fixtures are permanently secured into the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible. Titanium has become a popular material for implants because it is not easily rejected by the body. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device and the success rate hovers around 95% for this tooth replacement procedure.
Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone is called osseointegration. This amazing process is the biological basis of dental implant success. So what does this mean? It means than when a titanium piece is placed into the jawbone, the porous quality of the titanium allows the bone tissues to thread into and grow around the root piece. This creates an extremely strong foundation for the new tooth that mimics the strength of a natural tooth.
Placing dental implants stabilizes your jawbone, preventing further disintegration, and loss of volume. Dental implants can also help maintain the jawbone’s shape and fill in premature wrinkles around the mouth. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk, and look like your teeth are real. Most of our patients agree that you cannot get those kind of confident results with other tooth replacement options.
Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are actually very different. The most important difference is in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair.
One of the great characteristics of dental implants is that they require no extra maintenance. Of course, it is important to practice good daily oral hygiene in order to keep your implants and natural teeth clean and healthy. Patients should brush and floss regularly to control plaque and bacteria. It is also critical to see your dentist and dental hygienist every six months and no less than once a year. Your dental implants can usually be cleaned and checked during this time. Additionally, your dentist can monitor your implants to make sure the critical state of your osseointegration is stable, and the implant is functioning properly.
If you live in the Sebring, FL area and want to know more about the dental implants process, dental implant candidacy, or how to finance your new implants, please read through the rest of our helpful infosite or speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members today. Then when you are ready to get started, give us a call for a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Kirsch.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
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