If you are thinking about having dental implant work, then this a big step and not a decision to take lightly. Having dental implants can make a substantial difference to the look and feel of you as a person, but first, consideration of what dental implants actually are and how they work should be explored. Our latest blog post should provide you with the introductions and answers to these questions.
What actually are dental implants?
The aim of a tooth implant is to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are not a ‘one structure’ item and are actually comprised of three main parts. These are:
* The crown section. This is the section of the implant which looks like the ‘actual’ tooth. The composition of this normally consists of a kind of ceramic substance which is designed to make it look even more like a normal tooth.
* The connector section. The aim of the connector is to act as a supporting mechanism to secure the crown part of the implant to the base.
* The base section. This consists of an actual screw normally made of titanium that further reinforces stability by linking with the actual bone.
How do dental implants work?
Now we know what dental implants consists of we can go on to explore how they work. Any dental implant work is normally performed under sedation. The implant is usually inserted by sophisticated dental instruments to ensure that the bone structure has fused with the implant – this is known as osseointegration. Once this has occurred and the dentist is satisfied with the outcome, the crown section is then added to the top of the implant to complete the process. It is this final process which makes the implant seem similar to natural teeth.
The success of the dental implants in patient procedures is largely down to the titanium screw. Titanium is widely considered to be a very strong and durable material yet very light in weight, making it the perfect component for this type of work.
Dental implants are known to last for a great deal of time. Some studies have put this as more than 20 years. That is not to say that dental implants can wear sooner. As with your normal teeth, lifestyle choices and how you ‘care’ for your implants can all be contributing factors on the longevity of a dental implant. Some people rightly worry about the cost of dental implants, but knowing that under the right circumstances they can work for many years makes it a much more comforting, reassuring and economical avenue for the patient.
Dental implants are viewed as one of the safest forms of dental work within the industry as long as they are performed by an appropriate dentist. It is because of the predictability of the procedure that makes it work very well and be of great success for many patients.
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