In the event of a missing tooth, for example, an implant can be placed into the bone, and will bond for up to six months. Afterwards, a porcelain crown is placed to perfectly match the missing tooth. Implants are also used in the strengthening or stabilizing of appliances such as dentures or partials. They provide a solid foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth, and are made to match the color of your natural teeth.
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When a tooth is lost, either due to trauma, decay, or gum disease, it needs to be replaced, both for functional and aesthetic reasons. The most common dental implants are dentures, and fixed bridges.
More specifically, a dental implant is an artificial replacement for the portion of the tooth at the root. It is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in the jaw, and subsequently used to support a crown or bridge, or secure a denture. Most dental implants use titanium. This strong metal develops a film that protects it from corrosion. To name a few, titanium is resistant to salt solutions, oxygen, and acids. Unlike a lot of metals, the body does not reject titanium. So, when the titanium dental implant is placed in the bone, the bone naturally will grow around the implant. When the implant is placed into the socket, it takes between six weeks to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. As the healing process can take a while, often times a temporary solution in the form of existing dentures or bridges are used. When healed, the final dental implant can be properly fitted.
Though a similar result is provided, implants are more advantageous than dentures and bridges. When a tooth is lost, the bone where the tooth used to be will slowly start to disappear. This causes the jaw to change shape. With a dental implant, the growth and production of the bone is stimulated, and therefore maintaining bone structure. Another benefit is the easier dental hygienic care of the teeth. The new teeth require normal, basic regular cleaning, whereas dentures and bridges require special attention and specific cleaning. Functionality of an implant is far more effective and efficient than alternatives.
Dental implants act as natural teeth, and therefore can be treated as such with respect to foods and cleanliness. Unlike dentures, which make hard substance foods difficult, Implants are not a problem. Dental Implants provide a long-term solution with results lasting over 30 years.
See also our page on mini dental implants in San Diego.
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