Why is titanium used for dental implants?

 

dental-implant-2-300x225Since dental implants have become the most popular tooth replacement method in the United States, you have probably heard a little bit about them. This modern method for addressing tooth loss has revolutionized the way dental professionals restore oral function for patients who have lost teeth. Not only do dental implants restore oral function, they are incredibly durable and low maintenance.

The reason implants have such a long lifespan is because of their unique construction. Implants are made from titanium, which is a fully biocompatible metal. The body integrates to titanium as if it were living, mineralized tissue. This is why titanium is used to replace bones and joints in the back, hip, and knee along with the roots of teeth.

What do dental implants look like?

Dental implants are small posts that resemble a screw. Implants can vary in diameter depending on the type of prosthetics they will support and the needs of the patient. Some implants have a diameter of over 10 millimeters while others may be quite smaller. Although implants look like a screw, they will actually function like the roots of teeth. This is because the implant is rooted into the jawbone through a surgical procedure. With time, the jawbone will grow new bone mass, which will integrate with and fuse to the implant, stabilizing it in place. This process is what makes an implant long lasting and sturdy enough to support prosthetics like crowns, bridges, and dentures.

What teeth can be replaced by dental implants?

As long as there is adequate bone density, any tooth can be replaced by a dental implant. Implants have been used to replace molars, incisors, and canines. In some cases, dental implants may replace a series of teeth by supporting prosthetics like bridges.

How do I know if dental implants are right for me?

Patients who have lost one or more teeth should explore dental implants as a tooth replacement option. While these prosthetics are incredibly beneficial to oral function and health, they are not ideal for every patient. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our oral surgeons to determine if dental implants are right for your needs.

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