It’s commonly known that dental implants are the most convenient, durable ways to replace missing, cracked or broken teeth. If you are missing one or more natural teeth but don’t have it replaced, over time the teeth can move. This can lead to many thins such as gum disease, tooth and bone loss and shifting of the teeth. Dental implants are designed to mimic your natural teeth almost exactly in strength and placement.
Dental implants are small titanium rods that are placed directly in the jawbone. After a short healing process, the bone will connect to the implant and treat it as it would a natural root. This means that the bone will continue to grow, and you won’t deal with bone loss.
Once the implant is placed and the healing process is finished, an abutment is placed on top of the tooth and the customized replacement is placed on top. Dental implants don’t need to be removed or require any special type of cleaning, just regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist.
Implants are made of titanium (the post and abutment) and ceramic (the crown). Titanium is one of the strongest metals known to man and is commonly used in the medical field because of how well it can join with human bone.
Because the dental crown is made of ceramic, they are not susceptible to any type of tooth decay. Bacteria, acids and sugar in food and drinks can break natural teeth down over time, but implants can withstand the pressure — this means that with implants, you can enjoy the foods you love, no matter how sugary, without risk of tooth decay.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of implants and how they can strength your teeth, give us a call at Cardinal Park Family Dental Care. Dr. Gary Ashton is happy to discuss the procedure, the benefits and the long-term effects of dental implants.