Dental Implants are the absolute best solution to this date for failing and missing teeth.
With a 98% success rate, they are as close as you can get to the natural and beautiful teeth you were born with. With dental implants, patients are able to restore their ability to confidently eat nutritious foods, talk and pronounce words effectively, and show off a beautiful and full smile once again.
Imagine a dental implant as a small screw with a cosmetic crown on top. This screw is essentially what will replace the root of your original tooth, and is integrated flawlessly into your jawbone. The implant material and the bone in your jaw are compatible therefore the process of osseointegration will take place, a fancy word for the bonding of your implant and jaw bone.
What are the parts of a dental implant?
1) The titanium implant itself (the screw).
2) The abutment or the “connector” of the implant and your crown.
3) The custom made crown itself (the ice cream on the cone).
The implant (or screw) is just one component of the cost of a total implant as the abutment and crown must be included as well.
What is the Implant made out of?
Most dental implants are made out of titanium. The reason this particular metal is used over other metals, is that your bone and muscle do not reject it but rather respond to it, keeping the integrity of the surrounding tissue and bone.
This equates to the halt of bone loss and muscle atrophy, which is what causes your jaw and mouth to have a “sunk in” or older look. The halting of this process is truly what makes implants so special because your jaw is made to look fuller and younger once again.
History of Dental Implants:
Even though Dental Implants are the most cutting edge tooth replacement technology these days, they are not a new concept.
Documentation of dental implants goes back to the Ancient Egyptians where they used rocks, shells, and gold as dental implants: more than 3,000 years ago!
Unfortunately the focus shifted from permanent solutions, to impermanent and less effective solutions like bridges and dentures for a long period of time, however, implants made their comeback in the 80’s. Initially, many people think that implants are exclusive to celebrities because of the high cost but with the ever improving development of dental technology and equipment dental implants have become much more affordable and attainable to anybody in this day and age.
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