Thanks to tremendous advances in dental technology, it is possible to replace single or multiple missing teeth with an extraordinary rate of success. After decades of clinical trials, research, and with the aid of sophisticated technology, dental implants are now recognized as the Gold Standard in tooth replacement.
As the field of implant dentistry grows, the ways in which an implant can be utilized seems almost endless. According to your specific needs, your dentist will recommend the type and style of implant that will be best for you.
A dental implant is the replacement tooth solution that is most similar to a natural tooth. Think for a moment about the characteristics of a healthy tooth. It has a long, strong root that is firmly seated into dense, healthy bone. It is strong enough to support normal biting and chewing. It is of a shape and shade that is similar to the neighboring teeth.
Instead of a real tooth root, the dental implant is composed of a specially designed titanium post that must be supported by the same healthy, dense bone that supports the natural teeth. As a metal, titanium has the unique ability to quickly become fused to the surrounding bone, making it just as permanent as a natural tooth root.
After the necessary healing period, the implant post will be strong enough to perform normal functions such as biting or chewing. For some patients, this healing period may take 3-4 months, during which time the implant may be covered with gum tissue or protected with a special healing cap. In certain instances, the implant may be deemed strong enough to be utilized immediately.
Once the root portion of the implant has been sufficiently anchored, the process can be completed with a dental crown for a natural appearance and proper function. When multiple teeth are to be replaced, the implant may serve as an anchor for a bridge, a partial denture, or a complete denture.
Ultimately, dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss, because they embody all of the characteristics of the natural teeth and never need to be removed. And, unlike any other alternative, they are securely anchored to the jawbone, providing stability and preventing bone loss.
Our experienced and professional team and Alpine Dental Center will be glad to discuss your dental implant options when you call today to schedule your consultation.
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