What are dental implants? How do they work? What are the materials used? If you have only recently heard about the revolutionary tooth replacement method known as dental implants, these may be some of the questions you are asking yourself. In this article we will explain what dental implants are and how they work, so keep reading to have your questions answered.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are anchored in your jaw for the purpose of replacing natural teeth or securing bridges and dentures. They are far and away the best choice for those who have lost a single tooth or all of their teeth due to disease or injury. To begin, let’s look at the common implant types.
There are two kinds of dental implants, determined by the method used to attach then to the jaw.
Endosteal (in the bone). This is the most conventionally used implant type. It is the variety we place here at Harrell Dental Implant Center. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and allowed to fuse. It is used to hold one replacement tooth or act as an anchor for appliances that replace multiple teeth, such as dentures or bridges.
Subperiosteal (on the bone). These are attached to the jaw beneath the gum but not inserted into the bone. This type of implant is less intrusive initially, since there is no surgical implantation, but the possibility for complications down the road is increased. Also, these implants are weaker and don’t match the strength of natural teeth as closely.
Dental implant materials
The two basic materials that comprise a single dental implant have been chosen because together they produce the most durable and natural looking replacement tooth that has ever been available. For this reason, dental implants are considered among the most exciting breakthroughs in dental science in decades. Let’s take a closer look at the materials.
Titanium. This metal is used as the “root” in a dental implant because it is both extremely strong and highly biocompatible. It is rarely ever rejected by the human body and its bonding ability with bones is quite high. The titanium implant keeps the jawbone stimulated like a natural tooth root would so there is no bone loss. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevent bone loss.
Porcelain. When the goal is to create an artificial tooth that is totally realistic looking, there is no better material than dental porcelain. It can be used to match any tooth shade, shape and luster to the point that it will be indistinguishable from your own natural teeth when sitting amongst them. Porcelain is also an extremely durable material so you can chew any of your favorite foods without worry.
No other form of tooth replacement will give you back the look and function of your missing teeth like dental implants. They restore your smile, give you stability for chewing and speaking and keep your jawbone healthy. If you have one or more missing teeth or no teeth at all, dental implants are the answer you have been waiting for. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Harrell at Harrell Dental Implant Center.
Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.