Dental Implants- The Bionic Teeth of Today
Missing a tooth, or even all of your teeth? Dental implants are the go-to option for the replacement of damaged or missing teeth. In fact, dental implants replace missing teeth so successfully, both functionally and cosmetically, that they are considered by many to be the most significant advance in dentistry during the last three decades.
The Implant Component
Dental implants consist of two separate components; the implant that fuses to the bone and the tooth shaped restoration that attaches to the implant. The implant itself is made from high-grade Type III titanium, the same material that has been used in medicine for fifty years or more to replace hips and knee joints. It is placed into the jawbone with scaffolding material that allows the metal to fuse to the bone in just two months if the site is healthy. Once it is fully integrated into the bone, a dental implant will not spontaneously separate from the body, even under the enormous pressures generated by biting and chewing. The expected life span of an fully-integrated implant is essentially unlimited if the surrounding bone and gum tissue is correctly maintained.
The Restoration Component
Once the implant site has healed, a crown-like restoration is secured to the implant. These restorations are generally fabricated from Titanium and Zirconia. Zirconia is a synthetic glass that is tooth-colored and very durable. Cubic Zirconia, the diamond substitute, is made from Zirconia. The implant crown looks and feels just like a tooth and is designed to be brushed and flossed at home just like a regular tooth. No one will know it is not a natural tooth.