In recent years, dental implants have become incredibly popular for replacing lost tooth structure. Since these prosthetics have become more accessible to people throughout the United States, their popularity has increased. While many people have heard of a tooth implant, they might not be exactly sure what one looks like and how it works. A tooth implant is used to replace lost tooth structure below the surface of the gum line. Acting like a biological tooth’s roots, a dental implant is embedded directly into the jawbone. It is only a few millimeters wide, made from titanium, and has a ridged texture, somewhat resembling a screw.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants work by replacing the roots of teeth. Since they are made from titanium, once they are placed into the jawbone, bone will begin fusing to it. As bone begins to integrate to the tooth implant, it will become a part of the oral health system. Eventually, once the implant stabilizes, it can support a prosthetic crown, which will replace visible tooth structure above the gums. A crown is attached to an abutment on the implant and it will provide a stable biting surface for chewing food while it also fills in the gaps of an incomplete smile.
Will my replacement teeth look natural?
Once dental implants are stable and their permanent prosthetics are attached, they will function very much like biological teeth. If patients choose white materials like porcelain or porcelain fused to metal for their crowns, they will look like natural teeth. Since the metal tooth implant is embedded into the jaw, its titanium construction is not visible to patients and the people around them.
How do I know if a tooth implant is right for me?
If you have lost a tooth to injury or disease, we recommend scheduling a dental implants consultation with our dentist. At your appointment, we can determine if this tooth replacement method is right for you after we perform an oral examination.
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