Dental implants are one of the most popular prosthetics used to address tooth loss. Even though dental implants are very popular, many people have questions about them. From their construction to how they work, here are four little known facts about dental implants.
Stabilized dental implants can last for decades, if not the rest of a person’s lifetime. This is because dental implants are made from titanium and therefore very durable. Dental implants are also supported by the jawbone, which further add to their stability. When compared to the lifespan of dentures and bridges, dental implants will far outlast conventional prosthetics.
Dental implants are biocompatible – this means that their structure is compatible with the body’s hard and soft tissue. Many times, implantable medical devices fail due to not being compatible with the body. Essentially, the body will reject the implant because it sees it as a foreign object. Dental implants, however, will be seen as an object that is compatible with the body and won’t be rejected. This is one of many reasons why dental implants make for excellent replacement teeth.
Did you know that a dental implant can replace more than a single tooth? While dental implants make for excellent single tooth replacement, they can also be used to replace teeth among patients who have lost multiple or all teeth. For multi-tooth replacement, a series of dental implants will be embedded to support a bridge or denture.
A dental implant can look just like a natural tooth to another person. When patients choose natural looking materials for their restorations and prosthetics, their replacement teeth will look very lifelike. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal are common materials used to make natural looking restorations. This is because porcelain is available in various white hues and mimics light the way that biological teeth do.
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