Are you looking into your tooth replacement options? Perhaps you heard about dental implants and are looking for more information. Since dental implants are a relatively new treatment option for tooth loss, many people have questions about their makeup, how they function, and the benefits they can provide those who have endured tooth loss.
Some people wonder whether an implant is prone to developing damage the same way that biologic oral tissue does. Fortunately, the material used to make a dental implant is resistant to bacteria and disease. This does not mean that dental implants are not affected by oral disease – the truth is certain conditions can indirectly affect a dental implant’s lifespan.
Anything that can damage bone mass or gums can affect an implant’s stability. This is why it is important to commit to receiving regular checkups and practicing proper oral hygiene. Following are more answers to common questions about implant dentistry.
What does a dental implant look like?
A dental implant is a small titanium component. It does resemble a screw – mainly because it has a tapered end and ridged texture around its base. The other end of the implant has an abutment, which is used for attaching permanent restorations like crowns and bridges.
Why choose implants over other treatment options?
If you are a candidate for dental implants, you would be remiss not to learn more about them. This tooth replacement method is unlike any other. Dental implants are the only prosthetic available that replaces the lost roots of teeth. Implants are embedded into the jawbone. Over time, bone will fuse around the implant because titanium is a biocompatible compound. Bone fusing to an implant is what will hold it in place for decades to come. Once the implant is stable, a person will receive his or her permanent restoration.
With implants, patients can enjoy restored oral function and a prosthetic that will support bone health by preventing bone deterioration.
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