A tooth implant is the most natural way to replace a missing biological tooth. When replacing a lost tooth, the materials used to make an implant are chosen for very specific reasons. The base of dental implants is made from titanium. This is because titanium is a biocompatible metal. The body reacts to titanium as it would natural, mineralized tissue. This means that bone will fuse to titanium, thus stabilizing it in place.
The process of bone fusing to titanium is known as osseointegration, this is what makes titanium a great replacement for hard tissue like the roots of teeth and bone. Many medical specialists choose titanium for procedures such as knee and hip replacements, too. Our oral surgeon offers dental implant consultations for those looking to replace lost teeth with a durable, functional prosthetic.
How does a tooth implant work?
A tooth implant works by replacing more than just the visible structure of a tooth. Unlike a bridge or denture, dental implants are embedded into the bone so that the titanium base can replace a tooth’s roots while a custom crown will replace the visible surface of a tooth. Since crowns are shaped like a tooth, they fill in the gaps of a smile, provide support to neighboring teeth, and offer a stable biting surface for chewing and tearing food.
What is the lifespan of a dental implant?
Once osseointegration is complete, implants become incredibly durable. Since they are anchored by bone, a patient with good oral health can expect their replacement teeth to last for decades. Some patients enjoy their new teeth for the rest of their lives. Once an implant is received, it is important to maintain good oral health by receiving regular dental cleanings and checkups as well as practicing proper oral hygiene to prevent infections such as abscesses and periodontal disease.
If you are interested in receiving a tooth implant, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon. During your visit, our team will perform a routine examination to determine if implants are right for you. Call us today to reserve your appointment.