Dental implants are today's most advanced replacements for missing or damaged teeth. They are made from safe, durable materials like titanium, stainless steel, porcelain-coated metal, and ceramics.
Parts of a Dental Implant
The three-piece design of dental implants comprises the implant screw or post, the abutment that caps the post, and the tooth restoration. The restoration may be a crown to replace a single tooth, a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or an entire arch of dentures.
Materials Used in Dental Implants
Titanium is a biocompatible metal that is extremely strong and lightweight. It is compatible with hard tissues like bone and is highly corrosion-resistant. The "root" of the implant bonds with the jawbone to create an implant that looks and feels natural.
The abutment covering the top of the titanium implant is generally made of stainless steel. This rugged material makes an excellent connection between the implant and the dental crown.
Porcelain-coated metal is one of the most durable crown and bridge materials. It has a lifelike appearance while maintaining excellent strength.
Some dentists make crowns from ceramic materials. They are both attractive and robust.
The Dental Implant Process
Placing a dental implant may be a months-long process, but it has permanent results. The implant process begins with digital scans of your teeth, bones, and oral tissues. The dentist carefully plans a safe surgery using specialized computer software and custom guides.
Next, the dentist inserts the post or screw into the jawbone. The dentist caps the post with an abutment and closes the gums over the new implant. This process sounds intimidating, but most patients find it manageable with local anesthesia.
When the implant has healed, the dentist places crowns, bridges, or dentures to restore the teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Lifelike look and feel
- Easy care
- Attractive appearance
- Promote jawbone health and prevent deterioration
- Eat your favorite foods without worry
- Protect your oral health
How Implants Compare to Other Restorations
Implants are superior to other restorations for missing teeth:
Since implant-supported bridges do not connect to natural teeth, they avoid placing undue stress on their neighbors and causing more damage.
Single-tooth implants blend in seamlessly with natural teeth. They are easy to brush, floss, and maintain.
Implant-supported dentures do not slip like conventional dentures. They do not cause jawbone problems like traditional dentures, and you can choose whether to have them snap out or have them permanently attached.
Looking Into Implants
Dental implants represent a significant investment in your smile, but they can convey unique benefits. An implant shows its value when you compare the cost of a restoration like a standard bridge that may need periodic replacement.
Call Dentistry of Mendham
To learn more about the different types of dental implants and how our practice can help enhance your smile, call us at 973-543-5700. We will set up a consultation with our dentist and explain your options.