Are you considering dental implants for tooth replacement? If so, you might have questions. Dental implants are a unique treatment option that present distinct advantages when compared to other tooth replacement options. Once dental implants are stable and their permanent restorations are attached, people can enjoy a durable, lifelike replacement tooth that can withstand the forces associated with chewing and biting food. Dental implants allow people to enjoy a variety of foods without discomfort or prosthetics moving.
What is a dental implant made from?
A dental implant is made from titanium. This metal is used because it is biocompatible with the body. When a dental implant is embedded into the bone, it will eventually be stabilized when bone integrates around the implant’s structure. Bone will support the dental implant the same way it supports the roots of teeth.
What type of restoration is attached to implants?
The most common restoration attached to dental implant is a dental crown. A crown is the perfect restoration for single tooth replacement. This is because a crown is tooth-shaped and made to accommodate the unique oral anatomy of a patient so that his or her replacement tooth looks and feels natural. A dental bridge can also be attached to dental implants to replace a few missing consecutive teeth. Restorations attached to dental implants can be made from different kinds of materials including porcelain and metal. White restorations made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal make for beautiful replacement teeth.
How do I care for dental implants?
Implants are considered easy to care for because they are treated the same way one would treat his or her natural teeth. Dental implants are brushed and flossed just like biological teeth. Those with implants should keep regular appointments for checkups and cleanings.
If you are interested in implant dentistry, call Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to reserve a consultation with our oral surgeon.