What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is normally made of titanium. Titanium is used because it is biocompatible with the body. The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root for a natural tooth that has been lost or removed. Once the dental implant has been successfully placed into the jawbone, an artificial replacement tooth structure is attached to the top of the dental implant. The dental implant acts as an anchor point to securely attached the replacement tooth. Once attached, the replacement tooth cannot be removed or separated from the dental implant, unless a dentist is performing the action.
Benefits Of Dental Implants - Mississauga Dentist
A dental implant is considered the best tooth replacement option for a variety of reasons.
Secure Fit - Dental implants fuse to the natural bone in the mouth for a secure and stable fit. This means that you can enjoy all of your favourite foods without worry. If an implant-supported denture is used, the secure fit will allow the wearer to speak and eat easily without fear of the denture slipping or becoming loose.
Preserves Natural Bone - When a gap or space is left in the mouth due to a lost tooth, the bone in the affected area will begin to shrink. This shrinking occurs because there is no stimuli or pressure placed on the bone. When a dental implant and replacement tooth is placed into the jawbone, the pressures from chewing and grinding food provide the necessary stimuli to prevent shrinking of the bone. Unlike a dental implant, a dental bridge cannot preserve natural bone in the mouth. Preserving the jawbone also prevents a sagging or sunken look in the jawline.
Natural Look - Through the use of cosmetic dentistry, the replacement tooth that is secured to the top of the dental implant can be made to match the natural size, shape and colour of the surrounding teeth for a seamless and natural look.
Durable - With proper oral care, your dental implant or dental implants can last a lifetime.
Doesn't Affect Nearby Teeth - Using a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth requires removal of some of the enamel from the surrounding teeth. With a dental implant, the nearby teeth do not require any modification to accommodate the implant.
While it may be tempting to choose a dental bridge or a partial denture to replace a missing tooth, a dental implant can last a lifetime with the right care. The costs associated with maintaining or redoing a dental bridge or partial denture will end up being more costly than having a dental implant in the long run.
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