Today’s dentistry offers numerous options for the replacement of missing teeth, including bridges and dentures. However, only one option, dental implants, has been determined to be “the Standard of Care” for tooth replacement by modern dentistry.
THE POWER OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants look and perform like natural teeth. They are rooted in the bone, there is no artificial plastic on the roof of the mouth, and no need for adhesives and denture creams. More importantly, the use of dental implants does not impact healthy, adjacent teeth. Dental implants are long-lasting tooth root replacements. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants don’t move or shift, and they can last a lifetime.
Modern dental implants or “root form” implants are cylindrical and/or tapered posts, usually made of titanium alloy, that serve as substitutes for the tooth root. They are placed in the jawbone so they can fuse with natural bone and become a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth.
Dental implant consists of three separate parts and closely mirror the original structure of a natural tooth: crown, abutment (connector between crown and the implant body), and implant body.
The implant body consists of titanium alloy that is easily accepted by the body and the bone grows around it by process called osseointegration.