If you are tired of the gaps in your mouth, dental implants may be what you need to replace your missing teeth. But the question remains — exactly what are dental implants, and how do they work to give you the beautiful and healthy smile that you’ve been missing?
Dental implants are small posts that are surgically placed within a patient’s jawbone. As the bone heals, it forms a bond with the implants, which allows the restorations that will eventually go on top of the implants to have the strongest base possible. This bond may also help to prevent the bone loss in the jaw that often occurs after tooth extractions.
A titanium alloy is the material of choice for the majority of dental implants. That’s because this metal is extremely biocompatible; almost no one is allergic to it, it is non-corrosive, it is very strong, and it bonds well with tissues in the human body. In rare instances, a patient cannot receive titanium implants, in which case a non-metal alternative, such as zirconia, may be used.
One of the most outstanding features of dental implants is that they replace both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. However, that does not mean that if you have suffered extensive tooth loss, you need to get one implant to replace each tooth. Your implant placement dentist will strategically plan your surgery so that it is as minimally invasive as possible while still providing your new teeth with the support they need to thrive.
For your implants to reach their full potential, they must be paired with functional, aesthetically pleasing restorations. Dr. Boyd in Midtown East always takes great care when designing new teeth. Detailed images and impressions will guide them as they determine how restorations should be crafted to provide you with a comfortable bite and attractive appearance.
Porcelain is one of the best materials for implant restorations because it is durable, and it closely resembles the look of natural teeth. However, acrylic is also a suitable option; although it does not last as long as porcelain, it may be a good choice for individuals who need to replace all their teeth.
Once your restorations are firmly in place, you will be able to treat them similarly to how you would treat your natural teeth. You’ll also be able to speak with confidence, eat almost anything without worry, and smile like you mean it!