The dental implant is the most advanced tooth replacement method available to patients today.

The technology behind dental implants has its roots in the mid-twentieth century discovery that titanium is biocompatible with bone. That is, titanium is able to fuse with bone, allowing titanium devices to become permanent structures in the body.

Dental implants are more stable and durable over time, and they eliminate jawbone erosion, reducing the risk of further tooth loss.

In the case of dental implants, the titanium is used to fashion a replacement root for the natural one that is missing as a result of tooth loss. The implant, which is similar to a metal screw in structure, is topped with an abutment that anchors the prosthetic crown, which is custom-designed to blend with the patient’s natural smile.

Dental implants are surgically placed into a patient’s jaw, and over the course of several months, the implants fuse with the bone. The patient typically wears a temporary prosthesis until osseointegration is complete, at which point the dentist fits the patient with a permanent crown.

Only dental implants mimic the entire tooth’s structure, including the root, and implants are far more comfortable and attractive than other options.

Dental implants offer a number of other advantages, as well. They’re more stable and durable over time, and they eliminate jawbone erosion, reducing the risk of further tooth loss.

Dental implants also are better at preserving the function of the natural teeth. The process of chewing with a dental implant is nearly identical to chewing with natural teeth, which means that patients won’t have to eliminate their favorite foods from their diets!

These devices also outperform other tooth replacement methods in terms of appearance and comfort. They look and feel more like natural teeth than dentures or partials do, for example.

Call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members to learn more about dental implants and their benefits.

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