Are Dental Implants as Good as Real Teeth?
Implant technology has been around for many years. Implants can be used to replace missing dentition without the need for a removable appliance or compromising surrounding teeth. Your implants can easily last for three or more decades because of the fact that they fuse with the natural bone of the jaw. This ensures that they replace the tooth that’s missing to improve functionality and appearance.
The Science Behind Implants
The majority of implants used in dental offices are made of titanium. Titanium has been found to be safely used in the human body. The implant is inserted deep into the jaw bone and will actually fuse with the bone over the course of about three to six months. In some cases, your implant will take longer to fuse with the bone. Once bonded, the implant replaces both the roots of the existing tooth and the crown of the tooth itself. Implants can be used to hold onto crowns, bridge work and complete dentures.
Are They as Good as Real Teeth?
Implants have become so stable and durable that they can be just as good and solid as real teeth. The implant fuses with the bone of the jaw, preventing it from moving and shifting. The implant’s abutment can then be used to hold onto other dental restorations to restore your smile. Most implants can last for decades without showing any signs of wear or damage. They can withstand a lot of force and pressure, and have very little chance of breaking or cracking. It’s not uncommon for patients to have implants in their mouths for decades without needing any type of special treatment.
What to Expect
Osseointegration of your new implants can take about three to six months. During this time, the implant will bond naturally with the bone of the jaw, preventing shifting or breaking of the new appliance. Most people are good candidates for implants, and they can last for many decades. Once the body heals from the procedure, the implant causes no pain or discomfort. The restorations used on top of the implant will look just as good as any other natural teeth in your mouth. You will find that dental implants can help with improving your smile and the ability to eat and chew your favorite foods.
If you’re ready to come into the office for new implants, call us today and we will be happy to answer your questions.