Dental technology has advanced and improved drastically over the years and with this growth has come new methods to replace missing teeth. This is the development of dental implants. The materials used to create these restorative devices have evolved through years of scientific research and clinical trials.
How are Dental Implants Made?
A dental implant is comprised of three separate parts that together form a stabile and natural-looking artificial tooth. The base is the implant portion that is surgically placed in the jawbone. Over time, the titanium implant fuses with the patient’s jawbone to form a sturdy anchor that also prevents gum recession and bone loss.
The abutment portion is made of titanium, gold or porcelain and is screwed into the base of the implant to provide a mounting place for the restoration. The restoration is the final portion of the dental implant that is designed to look like a natural tooth in shape and color. This portion is placed on top of the abutment to complete the implant design.
The Function of Dental Implants
There are many advantages to the way dental implants function such as:
- They offer solid, non-mobile replacements for teeth that act and feel just like the patient’s natural, healthy teeth.
- They restore proper chewing function and the ability to eat without the worry of slipping.
- They will not loosen or move.
- They help you to regain the look, feel and function of having your own natural teeth.
- They remove the need for messy (and potentially toxic) pastes and other adhesives in order to keep them in place.
- They do not rely on surrounding teeth for support.
- Natural teeth are not damaged with their use.
- Speech is not impaired.
- They do not irritate or cause pain in the gums.
If the idea of having dental implants placed appeals to you, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, New Jersey for more information.